Have you ever just had one of those days where noting was going right and no matter what you did you just couldn't "pull it together?" I have had MANY days like that. Days where when it rained it most definitely poured! It's usually those days where I just want to throw in the towel and scream "I'm DONE!"
This week I've been reading in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 and as I read it I'm a bit envious of Paul's enthusiasm and determination through the toughest times.
He writes in verses 8-10: "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body"
WOW!!! What Faith!! What Assurance!! What Confidence!!
This was a man who understood what a life truly surrendered really looked like and was driven by a solid passion that screamed "Not my will God, But YOURS be done!"
So I guess what I'm trying to say is:
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all! So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." vs. 14-18