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Are any of you ever discouraged and disappointed with the fellow christians around you? I know none of us are perfect, but sometimes I feel so disheartened at the pettyness that goes on and I wonder why we can't all just get along. (isn't that the million dollar question).
There really are so few people that I can look up to as christians. These people are by no means perfect or better than other's but I can really tell what is in their hearts. I can only hope and pray that I can be like that one day.
I get discouraged and frustrated with fellow Christians all of the time. I feel like a lot of them just want to sit on the pew and not do service for the Lord. For instance, we run around 70-100 people at our church and this past Saturday we met at the church to go around and pass out flyers announcing our upcoming Revival meeting. Well I think 15 people showed up.
My mother in laws best friend was down this weekend, and she said this "A persons service to God is a direct reflection of their spiritual walk with God"
If people aren't doing anything for the Lord then more than likely they aren't walking with Him either. For me I cannot dwell on that fact because then I will focus too much on what others SHOULD be doing and lose my focus on God!
I'm just thankful that I have a personal relationship with Him, and that I have a desire to serve Him. The only thing that I can do for my fellows believers is pray for them!
Sometimes I am. There's a lot of things I don't understand that they do and still call themselves christians. I'm not going to go into it... but we've been dealing with two members of the church doing certian things that hurt both the church and the company my my husband works for because of their own greed.
I definately am. I mean, we are all sinners, and we can't expect our christian friends to be perfect. They aren't, and neither are we. But it can be discouraging when they gossip about you amongst themselves or just don't show the love and respect that christians should show for each other. I admit, my first reaction is anger but I should smarten the heck up and be like Heather and pray for them instead. Thanks for that reminder.
I do get discouraged sometimes, but I try not to dwell on it. My preacher just said in Bible Class tonight that discouragement is one of Saten's most powerful tools. He said that nothing will stop someone dead in their tracks faster than discouragement. I felt like he was talking straight to me, so I made a new resolve to try and focus on the positive and to ignore the people who try to tear others down. Maybe I should pray for them too, because I know they need the prayers!