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Assigned reading
Pastor Daron Lindemann
by Pastor Daron Lindemann
October 12, 2023

It feels like a grueling reading assignment. Ever had one of those? 

You have to finish the book. Not by your choice. No, your supervisor at work or your therapist demands it.

It’s like a year that has brought us some problems, a bit of pain, and the aftershock of various struggles. We didn’t choose it. But it is our assignment.

As with most difficulties and disappointments in this life, we just want them to go away. Because we assume that without them, life will be better. 

Please pay attention here. God doesn’t see it that way.

God isn’t interested in removing everything unpleasant from your life. Because he sees a better version of you than you can see. He knows you can grow, become stronger, and be filled with much more grace, kindness, and forgiveness than you think you can.

The apostle Paul was imprisoned for being a Christian. He didn’t ask for it. But there he was. How did he see his unpleasant and painful assignment? 

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12,13).

Instead of seeing the past year as a bad book, see it with the faith that can say, “I learned something. It taught me about myself and my God. I discovered what is truly important. I found strength in Jesus Christ more than my circumstances.”