Christianity is far more than forgiveness for past failures (sins) and the confident hope of a pleasant future in heaven, it is the power of Christ and the presence of Christ with us and in us right now, in the present moment, to mesh into every part and parcel of life.
I have found that life outside is so much better when the sun is shining. Even a frigid, windy, winter day is quite pleasant when the added warmth and brightness of the sun shining down on me.
I have also noticed that life inside is much better when the Son is shining. My outlook and attitude toward the challenges, frustrations, and irritations of life are more bearable when I begin the day in the clarity of His Word and invite Him lead the way.
I don’t believe it is any coincidence how the words – sun and Son are pronounced the same and how similar their affects are upon life – life outside and life inside. In life outside, the closer the relationship in proximity to the sun (nearer to the equator), the more abundant is the life to be found; in life inside, the closer the relationship in proximity to the Son (nearer to the Savior JESUS) the more abundant is the life to be found.
This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. 1 John 5:12
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
We all have a go to. What’s yours? We all go to something, to someone… to cope with life. When stressors come, when pressures mount; When we become fearful and frustrated; When failures occur; When anxiety and anger build up; When death, disaster, and despair show up; When you hurt, when you need help, when you have lost hope…
What do you go to? Who do you go to?
Each of us copes in our own unique way. We all employ strategies, mechanisms, and ways to cope when life gets hard.
Some of us go to medications – both prescription and non-prescription;
Some of us go to other drugs – both legal and illegal;
Some of us go to alcohol;
Some of us go to caffeine;
Some of us go to sugar;
Some of us go to food – either eating too much or eating too little;
Some of us go to cigarettes, cigars, and chew;
Some of us go to the store – shopping for and purchasing new things we do or don’t need with money we do or don’t have;
Some of us go to bed and sleep; some of us stay awake for days at a time;
Some of us go to work and put in far too many hours; some of us call in sick;
Some of us go to the gym and exercise; some of us go for a run or a walk;
Some of us go to the movies or watch television;
Some of us go to our music or video games;
Some of us go to Facebook, Twitter, or email;
Some of us go to our journals, diaries, and blogs;
Some of us go to our friends and family;
Some of us go to a counselor, mentor, teacher, or coach;
Some of us go to cleaning everything in sight whether it needs it or not;
Some of us go to physically harming ourselves or others;
Some of us go to using, abusing, and neglecting others;
Some of us go to engaging in sexual activity that is unwise, unsafe, or illicit;
Some of us go to getting mad and venting at everything and everyone;
Some of us go into isolation from others;
Some of us go to insolating ourselves around others – those who tell us what we want to hear, rather than what we need to hear;
Some of us go to nature to get away from it all;
Some of us go to doing nothing at all;
Some of us go to _____________(fill in the blank);
We all have our regular, favorite go to’s to help us cope with life, and most of us employ many of the ones listed above. Some of our ways of coping actually do help us, but the majority only mask our pain and problems temporarily, then we find ourselves looking for new go to’s. Because we all need a go to place – better yet, a go to person to find rest and refreshment. We need a rescuer to save us from all the evil in this world, in others, and within ourselves.
May I offer a suggestion:
The LORD Jesus Christ is a strong shoulder, a stable shelter, a safe person to go to. He knows us better than we know ourselves and loves us more as well. This is the chorus from a song titled “Shoulders” by the group For King and Country:
My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders
If He isn’t already, make JESUS your new go to – talk to Him, sing to Him, and worship Him. Read and meditate upon His wonderful Word, The Bible. Turn to JESUS and trust Him, joining with all who already know Him as the best go to of all:
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2