Connection. Suffering well.
God has really been working on me with this the last few months. Last year was a transition period for me. Getting married. Moving. It was a huge transition. With my autistic daughter in tow too. Now I am learning and growing.
Suffering well has been huge. How have I suffered well? How can I do it better? Jesus suffered well. Job suffered well. Moses suffered well. Paul suffered well. So many people in the Bible suffered well. They didn’t have it easier than us. They had alot on their plates too.
It’s a choice. God gave Adam & Eve a choice. They regretted their choice. I don’t want to regret my choices. I want God to show through in my choices. Because in the end it’s about getting to heaven – together.
Philippians has become my go to book right now. Paul talks through this whole book from jail. FROM JAIL. He has been changed. He has been persecuted. He has chosen to suffer well.
Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” ESV
Paul saw what he lost because of Christ as ‘rubbish’.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines rubbish as ‘things that are no longer useful’. Wow.
Moses lost alot. Job lost alot. Paul lost alot. Jesus lost alot.
But it was all rubbish. It was stuff that God knew was not needed. Losing things can be so tough. Losing relationships. Losing pets. Losing possessions. We have all lost something that hurt to let go of. But if you are doing this and you know without a shadow of a doubt that it is the path God wants you on — you need to know that these are things God feels are no longer useful to you.
He wants you to let go. Trust Him.
I have lost friends. Whether I have moved or they have passed away or we have had some relational issues going on. The loss is hard. But look to God and find out if it is something God wants you to let go of. Trust Him. Move forward.
Remember when Moses chose to trust God and moved forward what happened to him-??? And Job. Now Paul and Jesus died. Yes. But they knew where they were going. They knew how to suffer well. Plus they learned this: “ Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. “Philippians 4:11.
They learned to be content even if in the toughest of circumstances. Because they knew the loss was rubbish. It was time to let go and trust God that He had better plans for them.
What rubbish do you have that needs to be let go of?