Life can be hard. Relationships can be difficult. A friendship can be impossible to find and cultivate. But God is good. He has given us a roadmap on how to find joy, contentment, and rest in the midst of these everyday hurdles.
Anxiety and mental illness are popular topics these days, as so many Americans seem to struggle with these in one aspect or another. But what if it’s not you, but your spouse, who faces this daily struggle? How do you live day in and day out with the constant reality of anxiety that is not your own?
Backslidden, Wandered, Lost, Unsaved, Hooligan, Bad Influence, Disappointment, Black Sheep. You name it, I was called it. The choices I had made in my late teens/early twenties set me apart from those I had previously called dear. I was now different, stained, tainted. And nobody knew what to do with me.
I think its safe to say that friendship is important to most of us. But as far as friendship goes though, my guess is that we tend to seek those relationships with people who share a similar life-stage to our own. While there is nothing wrong in that, we could be missing out on the huge benefits of those who have either gone before, or are coming after, our own generation.
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