Always & Never
𝐀𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 and 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 are not just two words, but two very powerful mindsets that threaten the hope I am told to hold fast to in Scripture.
“It’s always going to be this dark.”
“I’m never going to get any better.”
Always and never are the absolutes that lose sight of eternity as our feelings blind our knowledge. There is a day unbeknownst to us that the imperfect will pass away as the perfect will be ushered in for all eternity. This is good news that challenges always and never.
Jesus is our hope. As a Christian, whose eternity is secured through a Christ, this earth is the only hell you’ll ever know. There is a time limit on your pain. Your mental illness will expire.
When we entertain “always” & “never,” we set the stage for the enemy to present his tired scheme of suicide. A mind that becomes convinced the pain will never end is a mind that sees this irrational plan as the logical means to an end.
When your traumatized mind tells you, “this will last forever,” pause and remind yourself that’s a normal thing to think and feel. Now let’s start the habit of recognizing that thought and preaching truth to it. Through Christ, it won’t last forever and the same power that raised Jesus from death, lives in you and can resurrect your thoughts. The very act of enduring these thoughts will shape your character and strengthen your hope. And that hope will then in turn, continue to fight 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 and 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23