To A Discouraged Young Man

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I would rather just give you a big bear hug and sit with you quietly, but these words will have to suffice.

To paraphrase Mr. Lewis, this world constantly shows us that we weren’t made for it. We were made for a better land – our true home. We are strangers here, often alien even to our own bodies. Physical issues are hard. Time here is often wearying. Dismay seems to be inordinately long, while fun, satisfying, and pleasurable times pass quickly into the mundane, hum-drum, and mediocre. We long for something we can barely grasp. So much is missing and nothing seems to last except the ache.

Take heart! I’ve found that fixing my mind on our eventual forever home changes my perspective. I don’t know why we are placed here to endure these things, but I do know that we are called, like Saint Paul was, to persevere, and to build character. We are to find our way home and take as many people with us as we can, even if we must carry them, even if we must lead crawling before them. I’ve often seen that the suffering faithful are unintentionally the most compelling role models. Their testimonies are intensely attractive. You are not alone in your thoughts and feelings. You are unique, but not alone. Being older, having lived long in this broken place, I can truly sympathize, and I care about you. So I encourage you, dear brother, to put your hope in Heaven where our Father lives. Believe in Him. Do the best you can in this land, but strive for Home where our real life, true and beautiful, awaits.
Sincerely,
In Jesus’ love,
Me
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  1. ronald long
    Sep 02, 2015 @ 16:02:41

        L., You are a timely writer but then I know your publicist, at least in thought and expression. There is no telling how many have received your posts, which you have questioned their reception of you, yet you will not know, this side of heaven, just how perfect the timing was for the recipient. I will share, sometime, the physical struggle I am currently battling but till then keep me in prayer. This is to let you know that your post is only confirmation of what the Lord has been telling me for months now and I truly support and encourage you to continue what God has laid upon your heart in the matter of your outreach. We may not all be AW. Tozer or C.S. Lewis but we are who God is using now, and both these men would tell you the same, it is not about who reads and receives your writing but who told you to write. He takes care of the distribution and recipients and the effect it will exact. I wish I had better writing skills myself as I might attempt to record, at least, my tortured journey to comfort others as you say in this piece. Inmates seemed to gravitate to me quickly as they saw I believed – a child of God first, but also someone whose birth in Christ was many long hours of labor for the Holy Spirit, to whom I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude….ron         

    • Gloryteller
      Sep 04, 2015 @ 09:39:35

      Ron, this is one of the most special notes I’ve ever received! I like your expressions – “this side of heaven”, “we are who God is using now”, and most of all, “many long hours of labor for the Holy Spirit”. That double entendre is pregnant with meaning!
      Thanks, dear brother, take care of yourself while I pray for your well-being.
      Love and peace,
      Len

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