Sometimes it can feel so hard to be a Christian.
The things Jesus calls us to do are so opposite from what we naturally feel compelled to do.
Forgiving over and over and over again.
Loving our enemies.
Doing good and being nice. It can get hard after awhile.
I’m not going to lie, I struggle with my Christianity. Sometimes I think it complicates my life.
To be honest, sometimes I get completely overwhelmed with it all.
One day, as I was reading the Bible, I stumbled on this verse that says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) At the time, I was really praying about something so I thought this might be a sure way to get God to give me what I was asking for. So I thought, let me see if I can follow this verse and do what it’s telling me so God can give me the desire of my heart.
With that in mind, I sat down to figure out what it all meant, starting with the word “delight”.
As I looked at the verse, I thought to myself, what is delighting? I tried to give it a definition that fit in my world.
My mind flooded with things that made me really happy…A memory that could bring an instant smile to my face. Food I couldn’t wait to eat. Music that made me feel like relaxing on a summer’s day. Sunshine and waves. All of that felt like delight.
The more I sat with the verse, the more I felt led to focus more on delighting and less on my desire.
I kept a prayer journal at the time and I decided that I was going to try to delight in God for the next 14 days.
In looking at the verse, it looked like it was telling me to delight and it was saying God would give me the desire of my heart. In fact, it almost looked like a math problem to me.
My job = Delight in the Lord
God’s job = Give me the desires of my heart
The problem was, as much as I wanted to focus on delighting, all I could think about was my desire. It consumed me. It consumed my prayer time. It consumed my thinking. I tried to figure out how I could focus on delight when all I could think about was desire.
So I decided to try to give all of that – all of my desires – to God to hold on to. I thought 14 days was a short enough time to commit to doing it. So I wrote down all the things that were bogging my mind down and I decided to give them over to God for the next 14 days.
Over the next two weeks, I felt my focus begin to shift. I stopped focusing on what I wanted and started focusing on God. My prayers stopped being so full of requests and started being full of me wanting to just spend time with Him, trying to understand Him, learn more about Him and just be in His presence.
It was in those two weeks that I realized why being a Christian can be so hard sometimes. It’s not easy to not want to curse out the jerk who cut you off on the highway. It’s not easy to love someone who betrays you or forgive someone who steals from you. It’s not natural and it’s not simple. Especially when you focus on your problems instead of the person who can give you solutions.
I realized, I will always struggle with my Christianity as long as I’m focused on who I am and what I want instead of who God is and trust that He can provide for me.
That’s what I learned during my 14-day journey.
So a few weeks later, when I heard a friend complaining about a similar thing, these 14 days came back to my mind. I knew she adored Nutella so I asked her, do you enjoy God as much as you enjoy Nutella. I challenged her to experience God for the next 14 days the way I had. And so the 14-Day Chocolate Challenge was born.
I want to invite you on that same journey I took with my friend. I want to challenge you to delight in God as much as you delight in chocolate (or whatever your favourite thing is). It’s super simple. All you need to do is to click here and sign-up for this free challenge. I promised to walk alongside you, day by day!