What’s the Point?

Every now and then it’s important to take stock. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you believe as you believe? What is it you’re trying to accomplish in all of this?

The truth is, some days I feel like none of it is worth the effort.

Pray for me today, folks. I am greatly discouraged.

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13 thoughts on “What’s the Point?

  1. Joh 19:30 Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!” Then He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.

    “The truth is, some days I feel like none of it is worth the effort.” Well, let’s examine your discouragement, semmi. Your plans never come to fruition. No one close exhibits any affection for you. You are deeply in debt. Your best friend just ODed. All true?

    Is it finished like our Savior admitted? In comparison, I doubt it, semmi. His life’s work was accomplished. Yours is not.

    You are young, as I understand it. You confessed Christ as Savior Yes?? Baptized?? You have a talent for words and music that is God given. Exercise it for the good of your friends and the Glory of God. Bach had it right when he inscribed on each work “SDG” (Solo Deo Gloria)

    The Word is specific in edification – building each other up. “So then let us pursue the things of peace, and the things for building up one another.” Rom 14:19

    In the absence of true Christian fellowship, I can understand your feelings. If you don’t have it – find it, and above all, be thankful….

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the gentle rebuke/edification. You are absolutely right. My life is far from “finished.” I think you hit the nail on the head with the second to last sentence. “In the absence of true Christian fellowship…” I have struggled to find my place among Believers for a long time now, and sometimes I grow extremely weary of that search; and in the past several days, I have been struggling with some specific friendships and issues regarding my church. But you are right. And I am thankful. And today, I will express that thankfulness.

      Thanks, Dave. Pax Christi.

  2. Cheer up! You are always where God wants you to be. I would guess that everybody gets that feeling. So many times (or, perhaps, too many times) I feel like that. Will I ever write a book? Will I get it published? Will it sell big? Am I ever going to get back into music again? Yada, yada, yada, yada?

    Try this: Set a totally impossible goal that is so outrageous that you’ll never attain it. Play at it as if you’re really serious about it. You don’t have to work hard and take lots of time on it since it is never going to happen anyway…that is, only if God puts His hand into it.

    Somehow, this “pretending” brings me back down to Earth- no to mention, it’s fun, too.

    But, as always, I’m still praying for you!

    Shalom!

    • That sounds like a fun, “down-to-Earth” kind of challenge, Steve. I might just give that a go. :)

      I really am feeling less frustrated today, though. God has blessed me in so many ways, and…even when things are confounded, He remains unaddled. And as Dave aptly pointed out: It’s not “finished.”

      Thanks, Steve. And thanks for your constant prayers.

  3. Praying! I’ve felt like this so so so many times. The truth of the matter, though, is that everything done for Christ is always worth the effort. It’s not finished yet! (repeating what Dave said)

  4. “I have struggled to find my place among Believers for a long time now, and sometimes I grow extremely weary of that search…”

    I am 70 ths year semmi – spent 1/2 my life seeking the ideal fellowship with believers of like precious faith. In 1994 I started a new fellowship with 5 Amish/Mennonite/Hutterite families here in Central NYS. We home school without TV’s in the home and practice the Anabaptist approach (read:”Biblical”) to a Christ centered life without the detailed standards plain folks are bound by.

    Today we worship with 35 families – over 100 school aged children – in a simple non-legalistic life style that displays Christ to our local community.

    Keep on seeking, semmi – the answer is out there…..

    Dave

  5. “..will remember you whenever I feel discouraged.”

    2Co 4:14 – 18 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence. All this is for your sake; and as God’s grace reaches more and more people, they will offer to the glory of God more prayers of thanksgiving. For this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is renewed day after day. And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.” GNB

    “For this reason we never become discouraged” – I should not be the object of your attention, Dear semmi – it MUST be Christ as He is the only one who will never disappoint you.

    I will (am) dying – and did twice as a result of 9/11. He was raised from the dead and lives forever. Only He is worthy. (but I love you anyway)

  6. “I should not be the object of your attention, Dear semmi – it MUST be Christ”
    It is…and shall remain…Christ! Your testimony does encourage me, though–I don’t just mean that it cheers me up, but that it reminds me to have courage and to trust God’s faithfulness. Just like the stories in Scripture, I think it’s important to remind ourselves and each other of what God has done for us. It’s not merely a practice in glorifying God, but it IS edifying to our spirits.

    “I will (am) dying – and did twice as a result of 9/11.”
    I don’t quite understand. You died twice as a result of 9/11? What do you mean?

  7. “I don’t quite understand. You died twice as a result of 9/11? What do you mean?”

    A week after watching 100 plane strikes into the WTC, I succumbed to a rare stress initiated condition called angio vasculitis that takes 98% of it’s victims to their reward. Five weeks of hospitalization and brain surgery found me bed ridden at home in a near helpless state. Today I am 95% healed – Christ IS in the healing business. Amen.

    BTW, my church family paid my 65K hospital bill – we all help each other.

  8. Hallelujah – a perfectly acceptable Aramaic (common Hebrew) word, semmie! It means “Praise God” in English. Praise God indeed !

    He is merciful – defined as “the unwillingness to punish” in my lexicon. I did not get what I deserved at any point of my life – now extended by almost 10 years. “Here am I – send me” is my cry – use me – whatever He wants, I am willing.

    Psa 136:1 O give thanks3034 unto the LORD;3068 for3588 he is good:2896 for3588 his mercy2617 endureth forever.5769
    Psa 136:2 O give thanks3034 unto the God430 of gods:430 for3588 his mercy2617 endureth forever.5769

    “endureth” is in italics, semmi – no Strong’s number for it above – it’s not in the Hebrew of Psalm 136 which actually reads “His mercy forever !” (26X) It’s almost as if the word “endures” limits the scope of His mercy.

    Jud 1:20 – 21 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, eagerly awaiting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to everlasting life.

    Yes, I am thankful for every breath – more so than prior to 9/11 when I was merely grateful for Jesus, wife, children, grandchildren, church family – etc.

    I am anxious for that new body (2 Cor 5) waiting for me, but along with Paul, “knowing the fear of the Lord, will persuade men” until my last breath.

    May He bless and keep you, dear Sister.

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