When tragedy strikes…when tough times come, it would be nice to think that we go through them with a halo on our head. A nice pious picture, but far from the truth.
We are human. We react, we feel, we hurt, we feel disappointment, we sense defeat. As much as we want to do the right thing…the Christian way, we often react in an opposite manner. That doesn’t make us bad…it makes us human.
The apostle Paul comes across so real in the scriptures. Often, as he relates his struggles, one can relate to what he is saying…to what he is feeling. Paul wasn’t some great saintly man beyond us…he was very much like us…he was real…he was human.
From Romans, 7th chapter…Paul speaking.
…19 I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. 20 My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time…
Check out Romans 7: 15-25
We are in the middle of a battle between good and evil…every minute of every day. Saints are not those who don’t fall, rather saints are those who fall…who fail. Saints are those who get back up to battle another day. Saints are not super-human or surreal…they are human and very real.