Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, but not my will, but yours be done…..(Luke 22:42)
All of us have a cup that we’re drinking from in life that we’d rather just dispose of completely. It’s the embarrassing thing that we’d rather not talk about. It’s the job loss, marriage and family troubles, troublesome children or financial challenges.
I have a few cups of my own that the enemy loves to try and use against me. Cups that make me feel like a failure if I let his voice speak to loudly into my life. Cups that make me wants to go back and undue everything. Cups that make me angry at God and others if I’m not careful. Cups that keep me from becoming something new.
Friend, don’t you see, that cup was given to you to do just that- make you new. Yes, brand new in the image of Christ. Stop hiding your cup and covering your heart in shame. The thing happened, it just did and we can’t undue it now. It does not mean you’re a failure. Stop drinking from that cup of failure and start embracing your sufferings as gifts. Yes, as gifts. Trust me, I know that’s hard, but when we don’t view them as gifts, we just see them as suffering and we’ll always feel like a martyr. We can’t love the people who were part of what’s inside of the cup if we keep wanting to throw that cup away. We just can’t.
So today, dear friend, I would simply ask you, as I have had to discipline myself to do many times, to accept this cup with joy and to see it as a gift to grow you more into His image. Look, you’re not drinking this cup because God is punishing you. It’s quiet possible that through it, if you’d let Him, He’s simply setting you free.
Lord, today I choose to drink with joy from the cups in my life that I feel short changed by. Forgive me God when I let my feelings take over and start to become critical of the things in my life. Grow me into your image as I drink with joy from the cups in my life that are challenging, in Jesus name, Amen.