This past week was crazy. The homework ramped up, and it felt like I had a million things to get done each day. One thing especially I needed to do was practice piano. I was leading worship with my boyfriend, JD, at the First United Methodist Church in Durant. I was playing piano, and he was going to play the guitar. Piano is sort of new to me because I haven’t taken the chance to really devote time to it until this year. I think I can say we were both a little concerned about our preparedness, but we were trying not to worry about it. Finally, Sunday came, and we made it to Durant, Oklahoma. We got there a little early, so we could hopefully get some good practice in before the service actually started. And then things seemed to go south. It felt like nothing was going right. It was frustrating. We were both hoping the actual service would be a whole lot smoother than our practice. However, we felt the service still didn’t go the way we had hoped. We wanted to be able to lead worship to the best of our ability, so the congregation would have the opportunity to connect with God through the music. But JD and I both felt like we were not able to give them that opportunity.

In life, we have times like these. There are moments when it seems like the whole world is against us. I have a habit of always thinking the world is against me. When any little thing goes wrong, I feel that everything has gone wrong. I can be a bit overdramatic now that I think about it. But I think we can agree we all have our moments.

Perspectives change everything. We look back with hindsight 20/20 into a time in our lives when we were going through the absolute worst time, and we miss it. This is because it usually wasn’t as bad as we may have thought it was in the moment. That sums up many of my experiences in life. When I was playing volleyball back in high school, I would tell you it was the worst time. I loved the sport, but I was so overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed with the practice, homework and fatigue from all of the late nights. But looking back, all I can see is the good memories, the fun of the sport and all of the wonderful friendships I had in my teammates. Not to say that any of what I was facing at the time wasn’t difficult, but there was so much good all around me. However, I chose to ignore the good and concentrate on all of the negative. Looking back, things were better than I thought they were at the time.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

There are a few points I want to make through this verse.

  1. “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
  • Don’t lose heart!! Sometimes when we are in the present moment, all we are consumed in is the bad around us. This is our human nature. It is proven we have more negative thoughts running through our head in a day than positive thoughts. It’s a little sad, but if you think about it, it is very true. First of all, let’s start trying to see the good in the situation we are in. Second of all, let’s not lose heart. Don’t give in when life gets hard. It’s going to get hard. Instead, use it as a motivator to keep going. Don’t lose who you are when something isn’t going right. On Sunday, I was in a terrible mood. You wouldn’t have wanted to talk to me then… believe me. I was losing heart even though I had a great opportunity to lead worship. Instead of seeing the good in the opportunity, I let every. single. little. mistake eat away at me. Don’t lose heart, and also realize that you are inwardly being renewed each day. Instead of waking up to focus on the bad of yesterday, wake up with a sense of a new beginning. Let’s change the fact that we have more negative thoughts than positive thoughts in a day.

2. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

  • Read this over and over and over again until you feel a sense of comfort and peace. The time you’re in right now might be hard, but your troubles are only momentary. Better yet, there’s an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. It doesn’t just outweigh them. It FAR outweighs them. Where you are is not where you will be forever. There are better days to come. There are eternal days to come.

3. “What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

  • All that is in the world right now is temporary. Your failures. Your sadness. Your hardships. They are all temporary. And definitely not in all cases, but in some cases, things may be better in your current place than they seem. It is just human nature to fix our eyes on the bad. You may look back years later only to find this hard time you’re in right now was one of the most memorable moments of your life. This time you’re in is not going to last forever. Take that as comfort, and also take it as encouragement to enjoy the moment you are in. Above all, be reminded that what you cannot see will last forever. Spend time building your relationship with God and spending time with God because that relationship is eternal. It will not come to pass; the situations you are in right now will.

I never finished telling you all about Sunday morning. We listened back to some of the songs in the service, only to find we didn’t lead terribly at all. All of those little mistakes we kept making didn’t matter in the long run, and we were probably some of the only ones in there that heard them. In reality, we were able to lead people with good words that some people in the congregation may have needed to hear. I mean that’s what worship is all about. It’s not about perfection. Through worship, we are able to bring our imperfections to God.

I guess you could say things were not as bad as we thought.

I think you all could read this verse one more time.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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