I used to be a party girl. Going out, turning up, the works. Since I turned my life over to Christ almost two years ago, I don’t engage anymore. I don’t even desire it, but far beyond that, I get anxious about it. I get anxious about “lituations” as my peers would like to call it. I dislike being in those environments because I know that my flesh is weak. Though I don’t desire it, I know that temptation is a powerful thing and I don’t ever want to find myself staring down the bottom of a bottle or “rolling” a j ever again. However, I have very close friends and family members that party, drink, and smoke and there is nothing wrong with that; it is personal preference. I love to be around my family and friends, but I also hate temptation, so the question becomes what do I do in these situations?
Do you go and support? Do you not go and be self-righteous causing rifts with the people you care most about? Or do you go, but exercise extreme precaution? I personally make a decision by weighing the pros and cons. Is this person important to me? Is this person understanding? Are there other opportunities to be encouraging to this person? Then I make a game plan. How long am I going to stay? Who can I bring that shares the same convictions as me? Then I pray-up, from sun-up to sun-down. I think about 2 Corinthians 12: 9-11:“ But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong’. And I tackle it head on. Some may say, what’s the big deal? But for me, this is huge. Everyone has their personal struggle and if it something that can take me away from God, then it’s worth thinking about. What are your thoughts on these types of situations and how do you handle them?
Nothing but love,