Last time I posted a general life post, I had just come back to college after spring break and was still reeling in shock from a pretty significant change in my life. This past week has been quite the reality check, as I’ve seen more and more of just how prone to complaining my heart really is, despite how just two weeks ago I resolved to complain less. When life doesn’t go the way we think it will, when people give us seemingly unreasonable tasks, when we’re mentally and physically exhausted and just waiting for the day to end, we complain. We complain in our hearts and to everyone around us because we think our problems are that significant. We forget that in Christ, the victory is already won, and in Him we have overwhelming and abundant peace and joy. Our peace and joy comes from complete security and faith in knowing that He is the only one who knows us completely, yet still loves us unconditionally. He is the living water; apart from Him, we aren’t really living, so we just end up complaining because this physical life seems so eternal.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. [James 1:2-4]