by Tamra Brathwaite
“Long lived those days when I hurt, when I’m broke, and broken, when I’m lonely, distress… just name it-all the unwanted parasites that ravaged my life, bringing me to a point of unsatisfying relief. Sadly, this is only a dream I wish to fulfill. “In times like these, I have no time to give away. I only have time to keep-only for me. I think it is vital that my life comes first at this point. My needs must be provided before I could help someone else in need. All I’m trying to do is get my life in order-but I really mean is being "perfect"-before I can be a blessing.”
This is sadly many of our mindset when we’re going through a test in life. And I know it’s not easy to love while you’re hurting and being mistreated; to laugh when your heart is so sad or even smile when you’re broken. It is hard to give when you have nothing; to help when you’re sick. But in the midst of all these trials you can shine because the truth is, it could have been worst and yet there is someone, somewhere within the four corners of this uncertain world of life who is in a far worse state than you. You don’t need to be perfect to be a professional. You don't need to have everything you need or think you need before you can shine. Think about the widow in Matthew 12:42-44. She gave out of her poverty. She gave her last, her best...one dime while others floating in surplus, gave sparingly. Your most challenging times should bring out the best in you. Not only you learn how to survive life better, but you can also learn to be a beacon of light in your darkness.
When Jesus gave the greatest blessing to all mankind, His love and life, He was most broken and bruised. It was His darkest night, yet it pleased Him and His Father to serve. Not himself, but us. He was not thinking about Himself. While He was dying upon that old rugged cross, you were on His mind. Although He was in pain He took it upon Himself to make the greatest sacrifice of all times –to meet your desperate need-our need of a Savior. Under the most strenuous conditions in His life, He took the time out for you. He gave His best even at the point of death. You may say, well He is The Son of God, He can do that. Yes, and you can do it too because His Grace is sufficient.
2 Corinthians 9:8 - 9:11
Is it that difficult to be a blessings while you’re in your dark night? The time of your greatest need is the time that others need you the most, therefore it should be the time of your greatest sacrifice. You don’t have to do much…. Just do your best. It’s good enough.
Jesus’s love for us is what compelled Him to make that unselfish, sacrifice for us. He died to His own need in order to sustain and satisfy us, paying a price we never could repay. Your greatest gain comes from your greatest sacrifice while you’re in your greatest pain. Remember you can give your best. That’s what Jesus did for us. Don’t compare yourself to others. God won’t judge you because you can’t give more. Giving your best in your most difficult situation may be the greatest blessings you may ever give. It is the little things we do that makes the biggest difference. Always put others first. Jesus is our greatest example.
Let us be imitators of Christ. Imitate His humility.
Philippians 2:1-5 (NIV) “2 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”