Philippians 1:21-22a (NIV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22a If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me.
Over the past month, I’ve encounter an end, a loss, let go, a resignation and a possibility. Each thing representing something that I loved or wanted to love. Each thing having a specific meaning with time and space in my life.
In my singleness, I’ve learned to become independent. I’ve learned to rely on myself with God’s help. Taking care of children, a house, a car, finances, serving others, friendships……always putting others first. When faced with the upside downness of the past month, I realize that each of these things have taken my independence away and made me more dependent on God.
I have prayed and studied God’s word and put things aside to pursue God more and more. I have been happier and found more joy in my sorrow and pain than at any other time in my life. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. (Philippians 1:21-22a) I desire to be closer to God and learn how He wants me to live and who He wants me to be for this season of my life. He has sent each of these situations to me to gain perspective, discipline, consistency, motivation and love.
I want to be wanted, chosen, cared for, loved, respected and pushed. In each situation, God has shown me that even when something is worldly lost, gone, done or taken, He is still here, waiting, wanting, pursuing, loving, providing, protecting. I have not lost, I have gained. I have gained more with Him than I can ever gain with another person, job, or success. I have gained love, joy, peace, mercy, grace and everlasting life! Nothing I could ever gain with a person, job or success. Therefore, I have gained it all! I have gained Jesus! I have won!