(my daughter sent this email to me and I hope it encourages all who might read here.) I read this again today … what a priceless treasure.
I kinda understand what you are going through there at work. It’s hard to live in a secular environment, be criticized for faith, and still remain positive.
I hope I can encourage you with what I have learned here.
I now feel like I understand what is meant by “The Truth shall make you free.” I go to classes where no one believes in absolute Truth. I find though that it is not discouraging or limiting. It is freeing in the sense that I know the Truth, and regardless of what people think of me or believe about me falsely, I am free in Christ. I am free to be able to hold my beliefs regardless of what society says. I can see clearly how postmodernism has become a prison for people because they are trapped in trying to explain the world and events without fully understanding the whole picture.
I know you may not be experiencing this as I am. However, I think some themes here are similar. I know that no matter what happens that I am secure in my faith and in my God. I have Truth on my side. I have God on my side. I have security regardless of what happens with the economy or school in knowing that He will take care of me. These facts give me confidence. I feel that there is no reason to be sad or worried or fearful. Those aren’t from God. Those are things that come to attack us and make us think that God isn’t in control or on our side. I can’t explain enough how good it is to know I serve a BIG God, not a tiny one, a dead one, a confused one; but a GREAT BIG GOD that is all-powerful, and all-knowing. It gives me confidence and that is where I draw my strength.
I understand its hard to keep going in the face of adversity, especially at work or school where our lives are literally lived. However, God wants you to know that he supports you and is “keeping” you in his perfect Grace. He is BIG and can handle whatever people may say to you or do to you. Just live for Him and in light of His grace. He will take care of the rest.
I could go on and on here because I really get it now, but I hope that in some small way you can feel encouraged knowing that others are going through the same types of struggles, you are not alone, and regardless of what people are around you God is always there. He identifies with us in a way that no one else does. He asked Saul on the road to Damascus why he was perscuting Him. God said “ME” meaning that when people speak wrongly against you or bring evil against you they are essentially doing it to Him. That, I believe more than anything demonstrates our identity in Him.
When life gets hard, remember Who’s you are!