you are strong.

1 John 2:14
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

Some days this manhood thing is really difficult. Days like today when my dad calls me and tells me I owe him $50 for license renewal. Days like today when I’m asked if I’ve started researching car insurance and I just want to question my dad as to why he’s so insistent on getting me off his insurance plan.
Days like today when all week I’ve been trying to cope with the fact that I’m at a dead-end job and I can’t move toward a future with the woman I claim to love because finances are scant.
Weeks like this one where I meet people in their mid-20s who appear to have their lives together, who seem disciplined in The Lord and have good jobs and the like.

Weeks like this I just want to say, “I can’t do it.” Or, “I can’t do it yet.” I’m so bad about believing the lie that one little thing will solve everything else.

if I just got a good job.
If I just had some money.
If I just had a vacation.
If I just had my life together.

But “if I just” isn’t the right way of thinking, at least I don’t think. What am I going to do about it? Worse still, how am I going to do it?

I’m writing to you, young men, because you are strong.

I don’t believe that about myself. I don’t believe I’m strong. I believe I’m incompetent. Scared. Unworthy. Incapable. I’ll be found out.

But that’s not what the Bible says about me.

In Jesus, I am strong. The word of God lives in me – so my interactions can be like His interactions. I can face life with confidence in the face of financial, spiritual, and emotional turmoil. Because I am strong, and the word of God lives in me.

That’s what the Bible says about me.

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