People often think that being kind should be one’s life mission. After reading many books and the bible, I have learnt that the goal is not to be kind. What I mean by this, kindness should just come out naturally like it’s part of your genes. Some people try hard to be kind and it’s not really being kind; It’s called being fake and dishonest. Some people say fake it until you make it, but not with kindness though. It doesn’t work that way. Based on my experience, trying hard to be kind resulted into making me angry, bitter, depressed, and always expecting a return from others. I kind of expected gratitude. Since, I’m trying so hard to be kind I expect the same thing but in reality, that’s not how it works. However, I have learned to rely on Jesus and always fix my eyes on him because knowing Jesus makes me lose sight of looking into other people that are flawed just like me but looking to Jesus makes me more compassion and understanding which results to kindness to other people without expecting any returns. Looking to Jesus fixes my eyes to see Love and peace in this messy world. I’ve learnt that the goal is to always look to Jesus.
~ 1 Kings 19:1-9
I have been thinking about Elijah’s story. Elijah has been one of my favourite prophets because of his accomplishments. The most exciting story about Elijah is his showdown with the prophets of a false god which in result God in heaven was glorified through Elijah (Elijah won). I’ve been reading many accomplishments in the Bible but I haven’t really notice the period of depression some have gone through (Except for the life of Job, I’ve read his story a million times) because I realise that sometimes I have always viewed prophets, apostles, or biblical people as unstoppable, fearless, courageous, bold, or sometimes perfect – I think that’s the problem with just seeing what my eyes think is positive, it conceals the mind from hard truths which can be positive in a way. With hardships I face everyday, this is one of the most eye opening stories I’ve encountered and it actually made my faith more mature than ever.
In the story, Elijah flees and ran away from wicked people to save his life. As he left, he soon had a journey in the wilderness. He went through a broom bush (juniper tree) and he sat down underneath it and prayed to God to take his life away and he fell asleep. Then an angel said to Elijah to get up and eat because the journey is too much for him. Then food was provided for Elijah; and he ate and drank and lay down again. For the second time the angel came back and told Elijah to get up and eat for the journey is too much for him. Once Elijah was strengthened, he recovered and went on to his journey again.
The story is simple, but I know there’s a reason why I stumbled upon his story. I learned that time, company, honesty with oneself can really help me, you, and people recover. I also learned that a journey can be really too much and people can be really limited. It took some time for Elijah to actually get better. There are also some factors why his sadness was magnified and maybe it’s because of hunger, exhaustion, fears, and pressures of his mission. Another thing, I really liked that this story is in the Bible and it really did highlight how God will always accompany us when the journey is too much.
If you find yourself sitting underneath the tree, it’s okay to rest – cry, sleep, lay down, or even pray. It’s time to be honest with oneself and with God. Destroy the idea that crying out is negative or bad. Crying gives relief and releases emotions that cleanses are minds and soul. End the thinking that crying must be stopped. Remember that people are limited; remember that Elijah did find himself sitting underneath the tree too; But, never forget to remember that God accompanied him and strengthened him.
No, I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm – I will come to you – John 14:18 (NLT)
First things first, I would highly suggest for all of you to bookmark this post or save the link because this post consists activities; The activities suggested are meant to be put to heart and the activities might take days or if you live a busy life, it may take weeks to finish. This post has been in my draft for days; It honestly took me days to gather resources I want to share which are the treasures of my heart ever since, I did make an effort for this one because that’s how much I care for you even if I don’t know you.
Recently, there has been a lot of news regarding the youtube video of Logan Paul regarding what he did on “Aokigahara Forest” also known as the suicide forest. Many people got mad of Logan and bashed him on Twitter because he literally included a dead man in his video; Also, the body wasn’t completely censored, and it still disturbed many people. I personally did not watch it because I was afraid, I literally have not watched any horror films for two years and I always scroll to ignore horror trailers ads in Facebook and Youtube with an increasing panic in my heart because videos these days play automatically XD. I easily get nightmares, okay? I wouldn’t want to die being chased by a demon in my dream.
So here’s the deal for me, while people focused on Logan, my heart felt sympathy and remembered the dead man who killed himself in the forest. That’s why I decided to make this blog post. I want to give an encouragement to people who have lost all hope because I simply care. I want to give you these things I have, but before I share these things to all you, take a little break and do this one activity to open you heart and mind to anything, to relax and forget the world, . It is hard to share something when a person’s heart is full of worries and doubts. So please go to the quiet place project and relax and even pray for seconds to open your heart. Click -> The Quiet Place Project
Now, I appreciated that you cooperated. At least, my heart is assured that you are ready to receive these things since your mind and heart is open to the possibilities.
13 “If only you would prepare your heart
and lift up your hands to him in prayer!
14 Get rid of your sins,
and leave all iniquity behind you.
15 Then your face will brighten with innocence.
You will be strong and free of fear.
16 You will forget your misery;
it will be like water flowing away.
17 Your life will be brighter than the noonday.
Even darkness will be as bright as morning.
18 Having hope will give you courage.
You will be protected and will rest in safety.
19 You will lie down unafraid,
and many will look to you for help.
These will be the list of the following Bible verses, scriptures, and stories to encourage you and give you hope.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
God loves you. He saves.
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave[a] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:16-17
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved – Psalm 55:22
God delivers you from your troubles
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
God is a hiding place
7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. 8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Psalm 32:7-9
God cares for you
7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
God can give a new spirit
I will give you a new heart and put a new spiritwithin you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
The word of God is light
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. -Psalm 119:105