(This Sunday School lesson is based upon a lesson created ("Deal With It, Orange"; The reThink Group, Inc))
What is your usual go-to activity to avoid things... Bing watching TV? Playing on your phone? Video games? I’ll bet everyone has got some kind of a time vortex. They help us delay or avoid dealing with real life.
We use these vortex to avoid things.. for example:
Any time you and I bump into a challenge that we perceive as difficult or time-consuming, it’s natural for us to turn to something easier and more fun.
And while there’s nothing wrong with taking a break, you’ve probably seen how distracting yourself from dealing with normal life can turn challenges into even bigger problems.
When our distractions keep us from moving toward the life that God wants for us, they become
Now, if you’ve been around church long at all, you’ve probably heard of the Apostle Paul. Paul says that suffering, challenges, pain, and tough circumstances aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, the more of them we face, the more endurance we develop.
We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:2b-5 ESV).
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23 NIV).
The Apostle Paul gives us a different plan of attack when it comes to confronting opposition and stressors in life. And his plan won’t just change what we do in the face of a challenge; it will change who we become.
Essentially, Paul is saying that what you do affects who you become. What you do changes who you are. You need experience facing challenges with God to know that He can be trusted to get
Because when you remember how you worked through a challenge last time, you’ll have the courage to face the challenge this time.And that’s why Paul says we can rejoice in our sufferings—not because suffering is fun, but because they produce something in us.
I want to challenge you to do something else. Instead of avoiding, attack! When you attack, you are developing your future character. You are brave and courageous.. Believe in yourself and start facing the thing you are avoiding. Now is the time!
I want you to ask yourself this question: What have I been avoiding that I need to start attacking?