I am the first female born of all my cousins, and the second child after my brother. During family reunions, I paid the price for that. The boys would tag team to torment me, the only girl. Out of a sheer need to survive, I became a crafty little one. From then on, I loved playing games with them because I was a master cheater and had a great chance of winning. I was overpowered and I needed to win.
MANAGING FINANCES – Lately my baby was fighting a cold. Her tiny nose was stuffed and she was struggling to both feed and breathe. She’d eat voraciously for a few seconds then would give up her bottle searching for air. That would be until her hunger pangs got the best of her, and then she’d need to breathe again. The cycle continued for a few minutes as she battled between two essential needs.
Financial struggles can make us feel that way. When finances are tight, it can be a game of survival. Which is the next most pressing need to prioritize? Will it be rent, electricity, food? If this is your reality, you know exactly what I mean.
The temperature was just right, a summer evening like I love them. My pal and I sat outside with our friends, amused, as they bombarded us with questions they couldn’t keep to themselves. “You are young and healthy, and you’ve got your life ahead of yourself. What is it that you need in this Jesus thing?” They couldn’t grasp how we could rejoice in Christ, nor what pleasure we could take in our new-found faith.
“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So, you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” – ACTS 17:22–23, NIV.
Before I became a Christian, I would never admit it, but I used to pray. Especially when I was in trouble. While I professed to be an atheist, I knew deep down that there was more to this life, and that God was real.
The movie The Notebook features a beautiful contemporary love story between a man and a woman who fall deeply for each other. They can’t live without one another and end up growing old together, needing one another to feel complete. As romantic and moving as this film may be, it is yet another example of how our culture is seeking something much deeper than it can understand.
Indeed, the love we are seeking cannot be found in another human being, as thrilling and enriching as love between two people can be. For those disillusioned by romantic relationships, it also is not in a career, or riches, fame or accomplishments. Even self-sacrifices won’t do.