Happy Wednesday! I'm in between projects right now, which is author-speak for I don't know what to work on so I'm taking a little time to sit back, reflect, plot, plan, and catch up on a lot of busywork. One thing I just finished was listen to the upcoming audiobook for Paralyzed in my Kennedy Stern series. I was reminded how encouraging Sandy is, so I thought I'd carve out space on my blog to share some of Sandy's most uplifting quotes.
This snippet comes from Policed, a suspense novel dealing with police brutality and racism.
“We never stop expecting the impossible, sweetie, but we have to temper that faith and that hope with the reality that this world is a fallen place. Sometimes evil prevails, but only for a time and only if it somehow works into God’s master plan. Now, I don’t pretend to understand how it fits together, or how God uses bad events to bring about good, or why he allows evil to persist when Jesus has already conquered. My soul yearns more every day for heaven when I think about how much God’s children are suffering in this world. But what can we do? We can claim that God is evil for allowing so much pain and injustice. We can lose all hope and turn our backs on him like Elijah was tempted to do in the wilderness. Or we can stick our heads in a hole, ignore the hurt and the suffering around us because it’s too much for our narrow view of God to handle. Or we can accept the fact that this world is full of misery, and we can do what we can — limited though our efforts may be — to be the love of Christ to those who are hurting. To be hope to those who are discouraged. To be family to those who’ve been abandoned. To be healing for the brokenhearted. Balm for the suffering.”
Sandy smiled softly. “That’s the third option, my dear. It means waking up every day and asking God how you can shed his light into the darkness around you. It means opening your heart to the feeble, the downtrodden, the afflicted. It means speaking up for the oppressed, loosening their chains. The real saints, the ones who are taking God’s message of love seriously, are the ones who can see the pain around them, feel the impact of sin, and instead of losing heart or giving into despair, they covenant with God that they are going to push back that darkness. Reclaim the lost for Christ. Resist the decay and pollution and oppression that’s brought the world to where it is today. That’s the power we have in us, precious."
What about you? What kind of pep talks to you give yourself when you feel discouraged?
Random Fact: I have one memory I'm sure comes from before I could walk. It involves a rectal thermometer and my mom singing Jesus Loves Me while I squalled.
Don't forget to check out Policed today.