Philippians 2:13, KJV
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
Colossians 4:2, KJV
“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.”
There is no other way but up. Whether we realize it or not, our lives are a daily development. When you enter your first job, you don’t easily absorb every detail of your job position and function. It takes an everyday exposure to the same task until you get the hang of it, and then another assignment comes along. Moreso with our Christian lives, we are always on the road to spiritual growth. Since we are still living here on Earth, there will always be hindrances and stumbling blocks that may hamper our journey, but our direction should never go backwards, always forward. There is an ongoing bash on Social Media about Manny Pacquiao’s statement about same-sex marriage concurrently. When I read the comments, some people are so quick to reply according to their own definition of righteousness. Famous celebrities here in the Philippines are divided in their thoughts toward what Manny said. But one thing is for sure, Pacman has grown in his faith. When I hear him talk in videos where he professed his Christianity, I can clearly see how much change has happened in his speech, in his knowledge, and in his life. He may not be the brightest of all political leaders. He may have lapses in his term as a Congressman, even as a family man. We all are quick to say that we are just humans, we err. But Manny speaks with wisdom beyond his years, and i daresay I salute him for defending the faith so bravely when so many Christians are afraid to even make a statement because they want to avoid bashes. I too, am guilty as charged.
Knowing this, there is no use for us worrying about what we think about ourselves and how others view us. There is no use worrying about tomorrow and today. There is no use worrying about wanting to belong in society. We are not saved to conform. We are saved to be different- to be the light and salt of the Earth. Worrying is irrelevant and furthermore, irreverent towards God. God did not make you to please people, He made you to please Himself. Worry won’t change anything. It doesn’t even add a minute to your life. So why go through all the stress that it brings you?