One thing a kid (or anyone for that matter) never want to hear is, “Why can’t you be more like your brother/sister?” In my opinion, it’s not right to make an unfair assessment of someone, based off the character or behavior of their sibling(s). Everyone has their own sense of individuality, so “grouping,” shouldn’t be allowed. Although my sisters and I are extremely close and share some commonalities, we’re also very different from each other (especially in terms of personality) and I expect us to be treated as such. Granted they are women of high caliber (they’re my sisters, so I can be biased), I don’t aspire to be “more like them.” On the other hand, there have been people I’ve admired and looked up to, but none that I wanted to be, although Abraham would be ideal.
If you don’t know anything about Abraham, know that he was a believer, and firm one at that. No matter how hopeless his situation looked, he kept believing. Romans 4:18 tells us, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would be the father of many nations.” Whatever promise God made, he believed Him for it. It didn’t matter if 40 years had passed, and he didn’t see the promise, he kept believing until it came to pass. v20-21 says, “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.”
I will be the first to admit, when my light became dim, so did my hope. I couldn’t believe God to do anything for me, because my problems were bigger than my faith. My prayer time was shortened and my ranting sessions were lengthened. I was in dire need of help! Not only did I need a breakthrough, I needed to believe I would get one. While I’ve made some strides, I won’t pretend as though my faith doesn’t still waver. It happens, and when it does, I aim to be more like Abraham. I’ve always stressed the importance of focusing on the promise and not your problems. It can be very challenging and hard, but just think of all the possibilities you can have, if only you just believe.
Until next time my NOTE takers!