Some days it’s easier to feel God’s plan than others. Some days it’s easier to trust Him than others. Some days it’s easier to shine and smile than others. Some days hold heartache and unexpected loss. Some days hold complete and utter joy. But no matter the circumstances, one thing remains…God the Father.

God knows the ends and outs of every single one of our days and if we let Him, He will use what each day holds to shape us into the servants He needs us to be.

“Our faith must go beyond what we believe; it must become a dynamic part of all we do, resulting in good fruit and spiritual maturity.”

-Life Application New Testament Commentary

Sometimes we are the strong ones that others lean on and look to for advice. Sometimes we are the smile that brightens up a room and causes others to smile too. Sometimes we are the encouragement and comfort through a scary season of life. And sometimes, we are fighting to muster up the energy to get out of bed and do what needs to be done. Our shine is dulled. Our smile is forced and our words are short.

And to those days I say be vocal and speak up.

This is of upmost importance because Christians often get mistaken for having it all together. In fact, if the only time you see us is at church on Sunday mornings, then you’ll likely see us dressed up with smiles on our faces seemingly unphased by life.

But this is not a true reflection of our day to day. While the smiles you see on Sunday are in fact genuine because we are happy to be in the house of the Lord, it is not meant to be misleading that we always have it together. In fact, more times than not, most families have had some sort of stressful exchange right up to the minute we get out of the car at church.

So, it is important to get to know your local body of believers in an offsite exchange. For my church, we have small groups, which range from popular Bible studies to interest groups like crafting or gun clubs. Here you can learn your likenesses and also see the Monday-Friday side of their lives. You can find friends that become your family and that share the same struggles and strengths that you do. These are people you can do life with and learn from along the way.

Transparency with true friends you can trust is of unbelievable value if we are get through each season of life in a healthy and beneficial way.

In 2 Peter chapter 1, Peter teaches us everything we need for living a godly life and growing in faith. He says in verses 5 through 7,

“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.”

‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:5-7‬ ‭NLT

“While Christians must exhibit love for other believers, their love must also go deeper than mere affection. That affection should grow into the kind of love that always puts others first, seeking their highest good. The Greek word agape refers to self-sacrificial love. It is the kind of love God demonstrated in saving us. Such love among believers allows for weaknesses and imperfections, deals with problems, affirms others, and has a strong commitment and loyalty. Such a bond will hold the believers together no matter what persecution and suffering they may face.”

-Life Application New Testament Commentary

Life will be full of both bad and beautiful moments, but we have choices to make:

1) Trust God like we say we do especially when it doesn’t feel good.

2) Find the people who will walk alongside you in the ugly and unbelievable times.

3) Be kind. Find a way to reach out every day to someone through a compliment, helping hand, or friendly smile. You never know the difference it will make in someone’s life and how it will help you just the same.

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