Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Green

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.  I know that full well." -- Psalm 139:13-14

There are days when I feel a bit like Kermit the Frog in "The Muppet Movie" (1979). Kermit sings a song lamenting the woes of being green, blending in, and not standing out as special or noteworthy. But he eventually resigns himself to the fact that it's really not so bad just being himself, warts and all. Don't we all have days like that?

There are times we tend to beat ourselves up for being down, for whatever reason.  Whether we are tired, sick, or simply sad, some days it is hard to stay motivated and moving in a positive, productive direction.  Maybe it's just that stress finally catches up with us and we realize how weary we have become of living life with a smile on our face when the world gives us little reason to smile. 

As Christians we must realize that we not only have the supernatural power to rise above the mediocrity and stress of daily living, but also that we have a God who completely sympathizes with us when collapse under the weight of our cares and say, "Lord, I can't do this anymore!"  No matter how hard or far we fall, he will be there to pick us up, dust us off, and encourage us if we will look for him and listen to his voice.

It is of the utmost importance that we prepare ourselves daily for the pitfalls that await us on our journey.  A time of prayer and meditation on his Word each day will help us through, no matter what we face.  Some days will be more difficult than others, but his promises will never fail.  We have to know them, though, in order to stand on them.  Do you?

Next time you have a Kermit the Frog moment, remember that God made you just the way you are and that he loves you, warts and all.

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