Being a Christian brings a lot of pressures that get overlooked. From inside the church to unbelievers, we get things projected on us and different expectations that we must meet in order to seem right in their eyes. When people think of Christians they might think we have to be always happy and walking around like we’re Snow White talking to all the animals and living a good life.
All these perspectives just pressure us into believing that we can’t get down and depressed or stressed out about things because we are not properly representing Jesus. We so often hear that we need to put others needs before our own, but there is a limit. Caring for our soul is not a selfish thing but something that can help us confront our struggles. We are not going to be 100% all day, every day. We need to remember that it’s okay not to be okay because we are always going to encounter something that will wear us down and we can’t pretend to feel.It's okay not to be okay. It brings us closer to our Savior. Click To Tweet
We’re still human
Being a Christian does not mean we become supernatural and nothing affects us. We’re still people. Yes, we have our belief in Jesus but that doesn’t mean we don’t deal with the common stresses of life. We can’t pretend to have it all together just to keep up an image. We need to stop feeling pressured into ignoring how we feel because we feel like we have to portray Christianity in a way that shows us always happy and never going through trials. When in doubt, always remember that Jesus wept.
It reminds us that we need a Savior
In our imperfection there is one thing we can take comfort in and that is that we have a Savior to call to. Matthew 11:28-29 does say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” It’s one thing to feel down and weary, but we also need to remember that we can come to God with all our struggles and He will care for us. We are not perfect but He is.
It’s difficult to be able to show our emotions due to the expectations of others. But pretending that everything is fine can also be detrimental to our souls. If you’re feeling down and upset, it’s okay because these feelings happen. Remember that there is hope and Jesus can heal all wounds. Don’t feel like you messed up if you feel sad. It’s okay to feel.
What are some ways you try to combat negative feelings? How do you overcome the expectations people have for you?
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