We can love Jesus but also sometimes have doubts.
We can be broken and battered but still serve in God’s strength.
We can hate our sin but love the person that God has created.
We can ask for immediate healing, but also recognise that it may not come – at least before heaven.
We can love our church and the people, but accept that neither are perfect.
We can pray for God to lift us out of the pit, but also take anti-depressants.
We can be in the world, but not determined by it.
We can be uncomfortable or unhappy, but not choose old patterns of coping.
We can be crushed and overwhelmed, but do all things by His strength.
We can suffer, but also know hope.
We can love other people, but not be their Saviour.
We can do our best, but not be a slave to results.
We can be normal and have struggles with mental health.
We can show ourselves kindness, without being self-centred.
We can be joyful, when everything is going wrong.
We can experience depression, when everything is going ‘right.’
We can start again, when we don’t believe in second chances.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly 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, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-18 NIV)