It can be hard watching friends and family struggle with hopes deferred.
I know single people who would love to be married.
I know sick people who would love to be well.
I know unemployed people who would love a job.
I know farmers who would love a better season.
I try to remember to bring the desires of my brothers and sisters in Christ before our Heavenly Father.
But, above all, I want to remember to pray Colossians 1:9-12 for my fellow believers. I want them (and myself) to value God above all things. I want us all to keep being Christian whether the desires of our hearts are granted, deferred, or God, in His wisdom and love, decides it is in our best interest not to have those things.
It is devastating to watch a fellow Christian gain what they wanted, yet wander away from God.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)
Whatever their circumstances, I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ will keep being Christian until that last day. That their love for God and desire to live His way will grow and grow. That they will persevere in the race, and persevere with joy.
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