These stumbling blocks are lies that l believed for a long time, which made me think that God wasn't for me, and that contrary to what the Bible says, He didn't love me very much, because l didn't deserve it. Such thoughts held me captive and made me miserable.
I’m sure we’re all familiar with broken relationships. Perhaps these negative experiences might have tempted us into thinking that maintaining true and deep friendships are unnecessary and bothersome.
But the Bible tells us that we are made to relate to others, and not live in isolation (1 Cor 12:12-27), as is evident from what we have experienced during the lockdowns around the world.
Late last year, I left my teaching job of 15 years—a job that gave me security, despite the constant struggle of balancing work and family.
I had been feeling drained and discouraged for the past two years. Although I often prayed to God for strength to get through the challenging days, I found the work culture was stifling and toxic. At times I couldn’t even breathe or sleep well at night.
What do you pray when there is so much trouble around you and nothing you can do? For my pregnant due-any-moment friend with no power and roads covered in ice between her and the hospital? For my former neighbor who cares for her husband with dementia—as if that weren’t enough, she hurt her back right before all this happened. Who is taking care of them? I wondered. How do I pray in this situation?
YMI (which stands for Why Am I?), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. We are a community with different talents but the same desire to make sense of God’s life-changing word in our everyday lives.