Working at a ministry has it’s benefits. I’ve learned a lot about how God works and about how much he values His creation. That is after all what my employer, Dr. Dixie, teaches. She instructs people how to overcome their fears, move forward from their past regrets or traumas and sometimes how to save their marriages. She leads them to a path in becoming victors in Christ. She is a Biblical counselor.
Once a week her close friend Robert comes into the office to share the work load. They’ve been working together for more years than I’ve been in this world and both have taught me so much in just the few years I’ve been working here. Their wisdom and Biblical knowledge has been a blessing to me as I grow in my own faith. Together their experiences far surpass my own as they have probably seen it all.
Unfortunately, not all of their experiences are made up of sunshine and rainbows. Not all of the people who come in, go out renewed in the mind ready to live the lives God had intended for them. No, sometimes they don’t like what they hear and sometimes they would much rather just do what feels good to them. And sin feels good. Oh man does it feel good. It wouldn’t be temptation if it wasn’t so hard to resist.
Sometimes Dixie and Robert talk to me about some of the broken people they encounter. They don’t give me names or details because confidentiality is very important but I do get a general sense of what problems they’re facing.
Lately, it seems a major problem among marriages is infidelity. As Robert put it today, “They don’t want the old tired out model they want the younger, newer, faster one. They want the adrenaline, the passion, the excitement.” So what do we have? Good Christian men, who are married, getting girlfriends because they don’t want to fight for their marriages anymore. But wait, there’s more! It’s not just the men, women are doing it too. Infidelity all around.
You may not get this from my blog, because I write when I’m upset, but I’m a hopeless romantic. I believe in heroes and true love. I believe in valor and integrity, honor and fidelity. I believe in greatness. And it seems this world has tried to beat it out of me, trying to wake me into reality. This is one of those days. This is one of those times where I let destructive phrases enter the barriers of my mind and with a crashing blow they echo the words, “Is there no one worthy? Is marriage more trouble than it’s worth?”
But I am a dreamer and our imaginations are powerful. And where I set my mind is crucial to where my path in life will lead. For I am already a bride and my groom is Faithful and True. He rides on a white horse and strikes down the nations with His very word. He is majestic and glorious. There is no one like Him and He has delighted in me. He is my Beloved and I am His. What is there to worry about when your Beloved is so mighty? Who can be against us when He is for us?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The war has already been won, it’s the everyday battles that we’re fighting now.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.