I hope you are having a good week. I am not going to paint my faith bad but I am just going to point out a misconception on Christianity!
Christians are seen by other Christians as prosperous/happy/BLESSED, the fact that those people are people who live to work, raise a family , pay debts does not cross others minds!
I hope I am trying to explain myself well, I will keep trying. The reason I am saying that is because I used to think the same.
We are guilty of putting a -no problem , always happy face- in front of our lives as soon as we accept Jesus, or as soon as we become part of a church.
We shy away from being transparent with those who are supposed to be our closest family the people we are taking this walk with and by so doing we create that false illusion. The person next to you thinks that 'oh my word ever since Tshego started going to church she has got her life together', whilst in the mean time you are barely making ends-meat or whatever it is you are struggling with.
We do struggle more than you think, actually I think it physically gets worse whilst it spiritually gives you strength and sharpens your character. This is not where materials will rain on you, yes they will when it is time for that, but this is not a platform for the lazy to come and wish for a car or a financial solvent situation by the flick of their wrist.
Maybe that is why we seem poised all the damn time! Because we know God has got us all the time no matter what struggle comes our way so we don't reveal those parts of our lives especially to people who would need them for assurance.
One other problem that feeds to this is that we do not spend enough time with each other as brothers in the word, we should treat each other as family more. You do not know the people in your small group except for when you meet them that once/twice a week! So all you see is their beautiful anointed self and you think to yourself she must be having a ball until you get to hear their testimony.God will bring you down on your knees!
I am realizing these things as I am growing and don't see my leaders in a superficial eye or try not to. I remind myself they are just as human as I am. Some could be at higher spiritual level than me but it does not mean life is a greener pasture for them even when it always seems like it, they just simply have the grace of God on their side. How could that be so hard to believe?
I urge you fellow brethren let's reveal our real selves that God is molding us into to the world, to the church family. Let's eliminate this illusion for the new comers , so that they don't get overwhelmed by the efforts needed to carry out this life.
Share your thought s in the comments whether you agree or disagree with my view
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Until next post, God bless...