I've never shared this with anyone outside of my church family, but I feel led to share this tonight....
For the last 3 years, I've worn the same 4 pairs of pants everyday of my life.. I've had the same 3 pairs of shoes.. one pair being my church shoes, which began to fall apart to the point where I had to take a black marker and color in the material part that was showing between my shoes.... Every church suit that I have, someone has given to me.. I didn't finish High School, so it was difficult finding a job.. My first job (at the age of 23) was working at McDonald's.. I worked there for 7 months, where I was mistreated by customers and co-workers alike; and not being able to retaliate, but having to display Godly characteristics.... Not to mention, having nothing to eat at home... Some days, I only went to work because every time I go in, McDonald's gives you 1 free meal...... On top of that.. 3 days a week for the past year, after church is over, I have to depend on people to give me a ride home.... I've even had to deal with constant persecution from individuals who can care less about Jesus, salvation or anything.. Being attacked for my faith, calling Christianity a cult.. brushing it off as being a waste of time... (and much more that I cannot openly discuss).
BUT GOD........ If it had not been for Jesus, I would have lost my mind.... If the peace of God wasn't keeping my mind, I would have been gave up a LOOOONG time ago.... Galatians 6:9 says "And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." ...... I've held on, trusted in God, walked in my integrity to the best of my ability... And now it's my time to reap! I just got hired working at a School District... I do my fingerprinting and paperwork, etc. this Wednesday ..... And this is just the beginning! Philippians 4:19 says "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." ..... Yeah, things were/are difficult, but I learned God to be my provider and ultimate source of fulfillment.... That makes it all worth it, to be able to say that I know God the way that I do... "Godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6) ... God was/is teaching me contentment, gratefulness (things I didn't know a year ago).... Yeah, I had wants and needs... but Matthew 6:33 says "But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." .... and it's my season to be blessed!
So if you're suffering from lack (reader), my words of encouragement to you would be to endure... Trust God, and endure... develop a closer relationship with Him, walk in His word, and just believe that He will see you through.... Hebrews 11:6 says "But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." ..... When you get the chance, read Matthew 6:25-34 .... stay encouraged (reader), God bless.
As a writer, my objective is to provoke thought. As a minister, my objective is to encourage you to Christ. As a disciple, my objective is to do these things in love.