It’s Good Friday. There are a lot of thoughts out there on what Good Friday means to us, so I thought I would add mine. Here are some of my takeaways as to how to apply the lessons of Good Friday to our lives.
Even though you know what’s coming, keep pushing forward. Avoidance only works in our lives in the short term. If there is a rough road ahead we sometimes try to skirt around it, and then wind up in a ditch. We need to logically look at the facts around us, pray to God that His will be done, and then move forward. Sometimes life flat out stinks… if you see someone preaching that life is roses and kittens 24/7, run the other way. We, as Christians, are to be made over into “little Christs,” well, that means sometimes first the cross.
Even though you are anxious, keep pushing forward. Read the scriptures about Jesus in the garden. Courage isn’t about a lack of anxiety, it is about having anxiety and acting anyway. Humans get anxious when confronted with hard things. That’s ok. Seek out people that can help you with the burden of anxiety, seek out the Father that is always there, always listening to our fears and desires. And, if you are anxious about everything, it’s time to get some help with that, and I’m saying that sincerely. Anxiety can turn into a beast that we start to feel we can’t control, and there’s lots of reasons that anxiety can take over, but it can be fought and put back into perspective. For rational anxiety; things work out, but first the cross.
Even though you are going through excruciating times, you can be right in the middle of God’s will. Isn’t that one of the ultimate messages? Don’t let other Christians shame you into thinking that we only suffer if we sin… did not Jesus suffer? Was not Jesus sinless? It rains on the just and the unjust alike, and the sun shines on both. I would love to say that if you convert to Christianity that you won’t suffer… I can’t say that, it would be a lie, but what I can say is that as Christians, suffering has meaning. Suffering also has an end. We aren’t to seek suffering out in some masochistic manner, but when it comes to us, we hit our knees, seek His will, and remember His cross. The resurrection is coming, but first the cross.
Hang in there my fellow humans, it doesn’t end at the cross.