it’s also full of overcoming…
Even in the hardest moments, there is something good, something redeemable, something covered in grace. We may not feel it at the time, but there is always hope…always the opportunity to overcome even in the midst of our greatest suffering.
I don’t like pain. I don’t like broken relationships. I don’t like feeling the lies of shame creep back up onto the surface. I don’t like being hurt. I don’t like injustice. And in the middle of those things, “overcoming” seems like an uphill climb. But that’s when I just have to make the choice to take that first step. And then the next. And the next. Yes, there is suffering. And sometimes it hurts so badly that you feel like you might break. But my God didn’t make me to be broken. He made me to thrive…to live…to love…even though there’s suffering. He designed me–He designed you–to be an overcomer. All we have to do is take that next step in front of us.
Maybe that step is turning on worship music & singing your heart out. Maybe it’s asking someone for forgiveness. Maybe it’s choosing to forgive someone even though they didn’t ask for it. Maybe it’s ending a relationship. Maybe it’s giving someone a second chance. I don’t know what your suffering looks like today. I don’t know what the weight of it feels like on your heart. I know it’s real. I know it hurts. And I know it’s hard. But I also know God didn’t design us to live in that suffering…in the despair…or in brokenness. He designed us to overcome. It’s time to take that first step.
Author: Emily B. Cummins
Emily Cummins is a University of Florida & College of Central Florida grad who is passionate about partnering with people to become who they were made to be. Emily is the Online Campus Pastor at Church of Hope in Ocala, Florida. She’s passionate about storytelling, good cups of coffee, and jamming to country music. And most importantly, she’s passionately pursuing becoming the woman God made her to be.