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Faith in times of hardship

So far, I do not think 2020 has gone the way anyone has expected it to. It seems like every time I get on social media or go read the news I am bombarded with negative news.

With every headline, it becomes harder and harder to maintain a positive outlook on what is going on in the world. However, as people of faith, Christians are called to be lights in the dark and positives throughout the negative. This is why in times like these it is important we do not forget this calling, because it is needed now more than ever.

It becomes easy to let the weight of the world weigh us down. I would not blame anyone who is questioning their faith or God’s plans right now. I have caught myself letting everything going on get the best of my outlook, so I would be a hypocrite if I said it I thought it was wrong to question faith.

However, whenever I pull myself out of the negative mindset I do my best to focus on the things Christians are taught from the Bible. The first of these lessons I reflect on is we as humans are not meant to understand everything going on.

Scripture in Isaiah emphasizes Christians will not understand all of God’s ways, and it is something we are expected to understand.

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts,’” Isaiah 55:8-9 states.

In my mind, this passage sheds light on any and all situations. For as long as we believe our God exists Christians have hope good things are on the horizon. This is what I choose to focus on and would implore all Christians to focus on, because when we realize there is a plan we can spend our time and energy on spreading hope to people who need it.

A passage in Hebrews outlines the duty Christians have to each other and everyone around us.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching,” Hebrews 10:24-25 states.

This is a passage which should resonate with Christians all over the world right now. While meeting everyone in person is unrealistic during this time, the message of positivity still rings true.

Billions of people all over the globe are struggling to deal with the pandemic at hand. The smallest gestures in times of hardship can have an unseen impact for many. A text to a friend or a call to loved one just to check in may be the interaction they need to boost their spirits to keep their hope alive.

It can be hard to maintain positivity during times of hardship, but this is what we are called to do.

I do my best to spread this hope, and I would ask all Christians to do the same. Dealing with the negativity alone can be hard, but when we lean on each other, we spread the message that there is a plan and there is hope, which is the message the world needs to hear.

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