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    The 5 Hardest Things About Being A Christian

    Ladies, would you agree that sometimes it can be difficult being a Christian? It’s certainly a joy and a pleasure to be a Christian, but it’s far from easy.

    Why? Well, here are just some reasons:

    1. We have to behave morally in an immoral world. And let’s face it—the world is in really bad shape right now. I was recently reminded of St. Augustine of Hippo’s words: “Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.” Sometimes I feel like the world has gone crazy, don’t you? It’s getting harder and harder to be a Christian in a world that encourages, promotes and applauds immoral behavior. And for a Christian who’s called to evangelize or to glorify God in such a world, it can be difficult to stand your ground.
    2. Some non-Christians love to question our faith. Maybe they’re questioning our knowledge of our own faith, or maybe they want to feel justified as non-Christians. Or maybe they really are interested in learning more about being a Christian. But regardless of the intention, it just feels as if we constantly have to defend our beliefs.
    3. Sometimes non-Christians will mock our devotion. Or we’re made to feel ridiculous. Recognize any of the following? “Everybody’s doing it—you need to just chill out.” “How foolish you are to believe in a book written 2,000 years ago by random guys.” “Hey, if you really want to follow the commandments, how come you still eat shellfish?” Many non-Christians—and many Christians, I might add—are unfamiliar with scripture, and so they throw it back at us, as if interpreting it the wrong way will justify their actions.
    4. We don’t always feel the benefits of being a Christian. Right? When we’re dealing with the aggravation of the world conflicting and confusing and contradicting our faith, we wonder when things will be made right. And it can be discouraging when those who aren’t following God’s Word or glorifying Him in their words and deeds seem happier and more successful than we are. We have God, right? What’s that all about?
    5. It can feel like we’re missing out on all the fun. Ugh! Sometimes it does, you know? When friends tell their stories about all the fun things that happened at that party the other night, or share their secrets about intimate moments with their boyfriends, it can make us feel like we’re missing out, right?

    But are we missing out? No, of course not. We have something amazing to look forward to. But in the meantime, there will be sacrifices. And we will feel their impact more in a world where temptation is everywhere. Satan uses these things to entice us. He wants us to feel like we’re missing out or that we’ve got it all wrong.

    Ladies, scripture reminds us about persecution, and living in the world and knowing right from wrong. Don’t be discouraged. Keep your eye on the prize that is your Lord God, and keep Him close daily through prayer and praise, and you will find it easier being a Christian in this world.

    Ladies, do you find it difficult being a Christian? Share your story. We love to hear from you!

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    T.M. Gaouettehttp://www.tmgaouette.com
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit tmgaouette.com for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on www.facebook.com/TMGaouette and https://twitter.com/TMGaouette .

    8 COMMENTS

    1. Once, while I was in my one (and only) semester of public high school, someone made a crude joke that I didn’t understand…When I said that I didn’t get it, someone said “Yeah, sometimes innocence is cute, but you’ve gotten to a point where it’s just stupid.” People aren’t always nice…

      • Same here, my best friend is a guy and we like each other but I have told him I will not date him since he doesn’t have a relationship with God. He says if he could change something about me it would be “how religious I am”.. It’s hard when people say those things because it makes it easy to question if we actually are “too Christian” the thing to remember is that God will reward us for standing up for our faith:) you’re not alone! All we can do is pray:)
        (Sorry for the last reply, my phone flipped out on me)

    2. Mainly just a combo of 1, 4, and 5. I struggle with all that sometimes. Because I’m a born rebel, the other two don’t bother me too much.
      Sometimes, even my newly-Christian boyfriend doesn’t understand why I refuse to act a certain way or why I walk away from some conversations/situations. I think that’s probably the most difficult thing sometimes, because he just doesn’t have the same instruction I have, so he doesn’t understand what’s wrong with stuff. I have to remind him sometimes that he’s accepted Jesus as Lord, which means he needs to live differently. But it’s getting to where he thinks about it for himself. Usually after the fact, but he does. lol (Proud girlfriend moment.)

    3. being straight, also being the only true Bibcal christen in the room, keeping mainting self control,. being loud, get angry very quick, getting myself to excrise staying coummited to it,. being autistic struggling with emoital scares from childhood + teens readjusting to my 20’s ahha,. knowing that my own church went to as a child turned on me over three half years ago, I was just sixteen half when that happened, that church in PA I went to the retreat twice treated me horribley, + cast me aside, looking at me as an issue they didn’t treat me as the part of Christ’s body, I still struggle with forgivness a lot,.
      I’m loving person, I got socal issues that make it diffuclt for me acting my age group is a lot hard than u realize
      I have trust issues with people, its hard to believe that,.

      being a Christian going to cost a lot more than it did bout eight years ago,. homesxctualy is acceptable to soicty, name calling,

    4. All 5 of these have happened and/or crossed my mind at some point in time; but the one that hit me the most was number 5. This past year or two of my life have been a CONSTANT battle between Satan and me. He really is a snake and can find the most subtle way to slither through your heart, mind and soul and before you know it, you’re bit. But my point is that the quote, “live a little!” Have me the wrong idea. Those three words made me wonder if I was truly “living” by doing the right thing and staying out of trouble because you hear those stories ALL THE TIME about friends doing something sketchy but got away with it, making it a great story and super fun evening! But after listening to the after-affects of these “stories,” I realized that I was NOT missing out. AT ALL! A girl I work with talked about going to a fun party and socializing with all of her good friends (what others might call, “living”); but then she told me that the next morning she found her roommate sitting in her car, passed out DRUNK, surrounded by vomit from all of the alcohol she (the roommate) consumed! I am 18 years old and I am still young and fairly stupid; but if there is one thing I know is that GOD’s way of living is the most SATISFYING way to live! Partying, pre-marital sex, smoking a “relieving” drug is all a LIE! It’s Satan’s way to slither into your heart, mind and soul and before you know it, you’re bit.

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