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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Not perfect, but blessed!

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect.  I just appreciate what I have and how God has blessed me…
Perfect life?  Let’s be honest…nobody has one.   On television and in movies, they do their best to portray the “perfect life”, but we know that that is not reality.   Even the life of a celebrity is made to look oh so glamorous with the money and fame, and then they are on the news exposed with problems just like the rest of us. 
The life of a Christian can be seen the same way.  Many think that when you get saved and start living for Christ, that your life magically becomes easy.  Oh, if that was true…but it’s not.   It’s actually the opposite.  The life of a Christian can be quite difficult sometimes.   Matthew 16:24  says “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. “   By saying “take up his cross”, He is letting us know that it is not going to be easy.  A cross has always been a symbol of suffering in some way.   But to a Christian, a cross is also a symbol of hope and love.  
The life of a Christian is not perfect, but our God is.  He has perfectly blessed us with exactly what we need.  If we really took the time, we could think of many, many ways that we are blessed.  Appreciating the things that you have been blessed with is the key to smiling through the imperfections.

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