This weeks article in The Watchtower, really hit home.
I’m positive for not only me but for everyone reading the article. It really tugged at my heart and while studying the article, I thought about how I’ve had hard times making the meetings lately since my father takes my car without my permission and I’m stranded at home without a ride, or how I do have my car and I’m on my way out when my father starts lecturing me about, “spending too much time with those people.”
I used to have a bad temper and I was on the rebellious side thinking that no one could tell me anything. Not even my parents.
Since studying the bible and making the truth my own, I really tried to leave my old habits behind.
I started asking my parents for permission instead of telling them I’m going out, I listened when they counseled or corrected me, I respect their decision even when it is different from mine, I really do try to obey them.
Satan see’s that he can’t stop me from serving Jehovah due to the opposite sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. but he knows where it hurts the most, with family.
He will use frontal attacks and/or subtle attacks, as long as he gets to you.
I can normally make my weekly meeting but when Sunday comes along, it’s a different story.
I pray continuously for strength to make the meeting despite my difficult mornings, I pray to watch what I say when I say it, and I pray for my father. After all, the bible does tell us to pray for those who persecute us.
While reading the article for this week titled, “Serve God Loyally Despite “Many Tribulations,'” I couldn’t help but think of how selfish I was being about staying focused on my difficulties when there are so many dear brothers and sisters who have faced far worse persecution than what I am going through now. Things that aren’t even imaginable have happened in the past and continue to happen even now. Hearing and reading experiences both in the bible and also happening now in the present, really humble me.
I’d like to share a few points from the article that really moved me:
- In Paul’s words, he did not simply say: “We must endure many tribulations.” He said: “We must enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations.”
- “… imprisonment and tribulations are waiting for me.”
– Acts 20:23
- Paul, “was determined to endure, come what may.”
- “Never forget that ‘Jehovah knows how to rescue people of godly devotion out of trial.'”
– 2 Peter 2:9
- “Keep testing whether you are in the faith; keep proving what you yourselves are.”
– 2 Cor. 13:5
- “When bigger trials come in the future, you will be in a better position to face them if you have developed a good spiritual routine in advance.”
- “Christ died, not for perfect people, but for sinners.”
- “The prize will go to those who do not give up.”
When I think of what I go through, I remember all that Job endured and know I’m no where close to his unfortunate situation but I do know that if he can make it out of everything and still remain faithful to Jehovah, I too can make it out of this and continue to serve Jehovah faithfully.
On my way home today, I was involved in a car accident.
My car is damaged but it is not totaled.
Although a little shaken up and some shoulder and arm pain, I am alright and so is the driver and his family.
I know this is one of Satan’s tactics to discourage me.
I will admit that I am saddened with what happened today but I will not let it discourage me enough to stop making meetings and serving Jehovah.
Please keep me in your prayers,
– R. Vargas