I've Figured Out "Why Me"

I've Figured Out "Why Me"

God says: “The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life. They cannot go where I am taking you next.”
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Many times I have cried out in anguish, “why me God?!” Confused, hurt, frustrated. I have done everything you’ve asked of me God! I strive so hard to do what’s right by you. Where is my reward and why has my fairy tale ending not yet come..

It’s not something I’m proud of, putting doubt in Gods plan for me, but I have been hurt. I have been cheated, lied to, abandoned, and laughed at because of my faith. There is only so much hurt one can take before getting discouraged. Within this last month I have experienced heart break, heck this last week, but I think I’ve figured out why.

These trials and tribulations benefit me. They make me stronger, more eager, and more kind. Even if it’s not immediate, even if I fail to recognize their complexity at the time, these sufferings better me, but that is not the dominant reason “why me.” The dominant reason lies within my oppressor. I am with the Lord, they can not take my strength from him away. God knows this. God allows them to test me because my oppressor needs to see my strength more than I do. They need to know that they can not make me crumble. They need to see my light shine, and ponder what it is that makes me this way. So that someday, probably not today, but someday, they will think of me and think, I want to shine that way. I want to change. I want to be better. I inspire them, and lead them to Christ, that is “why me”. It’s within the scriptures.

God says: “The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life. They cannot go where I am taking you next.” I live by this quote, and every time I am knocked down it lifts me right back up, even taller than before. It’s a friendly reminder to keep moving and never look back. Greater is coming. So, no my darling, you have done nothing wrong, in fact you have done everything right. God chose this struggle to bring you closer to him, and God chose this struggle so that you may be a pivotal person in your oppressors’ life. He has chosen you to set an example for his child. To cause them take a step back to evaluate the ways in which they’re living, and just how beautiful is that?

Now I’m not saying just because the ultimate end is good that the pain hurts any less, but God never said it would be easy.Iin fact he admits that we will be put down because of his name, but he also tells us it would be worth it. Embrace your suffering, and find strength in the Lord. “Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven” Matthew 5:11-12. So rejoice the next time someone hurts you, or calls you names because of him because you are doing his will. Pray for them that they may see, and seek change, because after all isn’t that why we’re here? To help our brothers and sisters make it to his kingdom, Gods kingdom. We are on a mission to bring the whole world.

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15 Bible Verses To Calm An Anxious Mind

Finding peace in the midst of turmoil.
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Anxiety hits us from all directions. Whether it be school stress, work stress, a stressful family situation, or anything else in life that causes us to feel unsettled, tired, and afraid of the future; anxiety can feel like it's taking over our lives.

As someone who constantly struggles with anxiety, I know how hard it is to find peace in the midst of a stressful situation. When we feel anxious about something, we generally try to do all that is in our power to control the situation. When we can't control it, we become even more anxious. So how do we stop this downward spiral of anxious turmoil?

We must turn to the one who is in control of all things. God holds all of our lives in his hands and is the only one who can calm our anxious minds. When we frantically struggle to put the pieces of our life together on our own, we will fail.

The only way to gain peace in the midst of anxiety is to turn to God, trusting in His perfect will and His power to hold us in His hands. The best way to remember this truth is to look to the Bible. Here are some verses to help us remember God's provision in the midst of anxiety.

1. Philippians 4:6

We don't have to be anxious when we can freely talk with God about our needs. We can cry out to Him for help and He will hear us.

2. John 14:27

Peace is a wonderful thing. Notice how it says, "I do not give it as the world does." We have to remember that worldly peace is only temporary, but God's peace is forever.

3. Isaiah 41:10

Not only will God give us peace, but He will also strengthen us. The image of God "upholding us with His righteous right hand" is pretty powerful and very comforting.

4. Psalm 94:19

Anxiety can make us sad and upset, but knowing that God is with us can bring so much joy in the face of desolation.

5. Psalm 34:4

Freedom from fear is so empowering! Imagine God setting us free from all the fear that holds us back. Oftentimes fear can make us feel trapped, but God can set us free.

6. 1 Peter 5:7

God cares about us so much, that He allows us to cast all of our worries on His shoulders.

7. 2 Corinthians 12:10

Human capacity is limited. We can by no means do everything, in fact, we can't do anything without the help of God.

8. Philippians 4:13

Nothing can hold us back or scare us when we have the strength of God.

9. Proverbs 3:5

We always try to lean on our own understanding, but it will never be enough. We try to control everything, but it will always fall through. It is because of this that we need to trust in the Lord for everything.

10. Matthew 6:25-34

This passage, while somewhat lengthy, is such a great reminder that God is truly in control of everything. We don't need to worry about a thing because He has it all planned out. We stress out about things that were never ours to worry about in the first place.

11. 2 Timothy 1:7

We were not created to be afraid, but to be empowered and loved by God.

12. Isaiah 26:3

If we simply keep God in the forefront of our minds, we will have perfect peace. Trust in Him brings the greatest peace.

13. Matthew 11:28-30

How comforting is this? Anxiety causes a lot of weariness but knowing that we can rest in God is amazing.

14. Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan for us, so we don't need to worry about it. His plan is always good and always exactly what we need. His plans will always be better than anything we try to control ourselves.

15. Isaiah 41:13

When we feel anxious and afraid we can take comfort in knowing that God is reaching out His hand to us to help us trust Him and walk with Him.

While anxiety can feel overpowering or terrifying, we should not fear, but rather trust in the perfect and never-changing love and peace of God.

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Religion Shouldn't Be The Reason You're A Good Person

Forced morality is not morality at all.

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For better or worse, religion has been a near constant in the lives of human beings since before the dawn of even written language. A side effect of civilization, when mankind gets together and has questions of the universe, religion has provided answers and comfort.

Even in the present day when questions about our world that don't have answers are growing far and few between, religion remains an incredibly important factor in the majority of people's lives. For many people it is at the root of everything they do and all decisions are made around it.

There is no doubt that for those who subscribe to it, religion is an incredibly powerful tool. And although I don't practice any religion and have never felt a need to believe in any sort of almighty power, I do recognize that religion has helped a lot of people overcome difficult times in their lives or find the strength within themselves or even quell their anxiety about the unanswered questions about the universe.

But when people start to say that religion is the reason why they act kindly or religion is the reason they are a good person, that's when I begin to draw the line.

I find it extremely concerning, particularly in this day in age, that there is still a large chunk of the population that genuinely thinks that if they didn't have their morality dictated out to them in black and white by some divine force with the threat of eternal damnation as a consequence if they act against it, that they would not know behave morally.

Morality is something that is ingrained within all of us regardless of the faith you grew up in, and while it varies from culture to culture and person to person, it exists within every single human person, even psychopaths. It is something you need to find within you rather than just take at face value from text or dictation. Morality isn't a textbook lesson; it's a method of understanding the humanity within all of us and adjusting our actions in a way that respects that humanity and sensitivity. Just like memorizing math formulas without knowing the reasoning behind it, it might get you the right answer, but you're never going to understand the math.

And then there's the question of whether forcing morality on someone by promising them a reward if they fulfill it and punishing them if they don't actually produce morality that is equitable to morality that is naturally generated.

Because we shouldn't act with kindness just because we're afraid of the consequences of not doing so. We should act with kindness because that is how people deserve to be treated, and we should want to do things that help other people.

If you are just being kind because you think that it will look good on your cosmic resume when your sins are weighed against your virtues after you're dead, you aren't truly being kind — you are looking to save your own ass, and selfishness will never beget kindness.

True morality is a genuine thing, and true kindness is never forced. And none of this is to say that religion can't guide you in finding the best way to be kind to people, but religion should be a guiding force, not a lecturing one.

If a hundred years from now or a thousand years from now or even tomorrow, we find concrete evidence that all of our most popular belief systems are entirely wrong and the Bible and the Koran and all other religious texts are entirely wrong about everything, I'd still like to think that people would want to be kind to each other.

Because if God is the only reason you're a good person, you were never a good person in the first place.

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