May 23-Enduring Hardships

May 23-Enduring Hardships

May 23: Enduring Hardships

 

Scripture Lesson: Revelation 2:1-7

 

On this date in 2008, six weeks after successful surgery for thyroid cancer, Diamondback pitcher Doug Davis allowed just one run over seven innings in an 11-1 win over the Braves at Turner Field. The 32-year-old southpaw joined Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who had thrown a no-hitter earlier in the week, to serve as an inspiration for cancer patients and their families.

 

Today’s Scripture lesson is the first of the seven letters to the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The letter is addressed to the church at Ephesus. The church had endured hardships, but had persevered. The author of Revelation complained, though, that the church had forgotten its first love, Jesus Christ. What an indictment – and what an important reminder for us. Hardships will come to us in life, and the only way to endure the tough times and keep on going is to remember that Jesus is always there for us. He loves us, and with His abiding presence in our lives, we can endure anything. Baseball is a game of ups and downs: the only way to get through those tough times is with Christ firmly with us each day.

  1. What is the toughest hardship you have had to endure?

  2. How did Jesus help you through that tough time?

  3. Why is it important to never forget about Jesus’ love for us and our love for Him?

Hardships will come to each of us: the key to overcoming them is our relationship with Jesus!

 

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