I’ve heard several times, Christians are meant – no matter what they endure – to focus on Jesus’ return and all that will follow. The joy of the Kingdom of God to come, where the end of all suffering, pain, illness, tears – will be brought about.
I get it, I see it, I see this is very appealing to focus on and can allow some people to get through their trials.
This doesn’t happen for me, because I cannot ignore what is going on now, and focus on the future. People are suffering now. People are in pain, starving, being abused, being ill treated….now.
It’s all very well to think of yourself and think – well I’m okay – I know where I’m heading, I’m saved.
I can’t think in this kind of shallow manner and just avoid the harsh reality of what is happening now. It’s just not who I am.
Every life experience I have had, from as early as I can ever remember, is about needing to focus on the hurt and pain, of myself and far more so of others….now.
Asking me to change that….is like asking me to turn myself into a man.
I am who I am, my whole life and every part of my heart, my mind and my soul, has been sculpted by all I have endured and my fear for others, into who I am now.
I wish people would understand that. But, they don’t.
I see so much of how society thinks; ‘you have a choice to be happy’, ‘just focus on happy thoughts, ‘just count your blessings’, ‘just think of what you need’ and Christianity’s ‘focus on Jesus’ return’. Continue reading