Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Set Apart

So I just came across this status from the Ramp while stalking the news feed(surprise surprise)...

"What sets us apart is not perfect circumstances or ideal situations. We're set apart by God's presence in our lives."

You know, how often do we think that since we have God, life is just going to be easier? That we'll live on cloud nine, and we won't have any problems? While it is true that with God all things are possible, and He is our strength when we are weak, it doesn't mean our lives transform into a magical land full of rainbows and lollipops or that we no longer confront difficult or trying situations. 

By having God, plowing through homework, recovering from an illness, coping with situations at home, work, and school, all become "easier" in the sense that we know we don't have to worry about the outcome. How glorious it is to walk into a situation, though it may be rough, and say "Even though I have to endure this now, I will overcome this". The sorrow may last for the night, but my friend, the joy comes in the morning.

Remember that we are holy, not because of where we are or what we are able to do, but because of the One who dwells within us. He is the reason we are set apart, different, weird, loud, and all around crazy.

Would you rather be set apart from God, or set apart from the world?

Be set apart from this world, a live a radical life, knowing you give your all, no matter the cost, each and every day to the One who gave it all to you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Seek him in your darkest times, and seek him in your brightest. Even though all may seem lost, He is your guide. Your situation may not seem perfect, but there is always the perfect One helping you along the way. 


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