Reblogged from pktfuel.com (3rd Aug 2013)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
It can be tempting to think that the defining moments of our lives happen on stages, in front of camera’s, in our best outfit, when people are paying attention – heroic moments, important speeches, poetic words, generous deeds – done for all the world to see and give us an acceptance check. But the defining moments of our hearts and spirits happen in much darker quieter spaces and times, often when no one is watching – no one is applauding. And its not the moment you win the battle… its not the moment of glory or victory that defines you. Its the moments you fall down but get back up, its the moments you crack but allow his grace to shine through, its the scary terrifying times where you let his peace reign in your heart, when failure kicks you down but his unending enduring love compels you to get back up again – weak but strong, sinner yet saved, lost now found. The defining moments happen behind closed doors, in prayer closets, on knees, in worship, alone and contrite… The challenge is to embrace it, Don’t loose heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to work his deep healing and destiny infusing work within you. I know that my life will not be defined by one glorifying history making moment… it is defined long before I do anything seemingly ‘important’, in the challenging, failure riddled, opportunity beckoning moments in the unseen… What happens there is far more valuable than glory or fame can ever be. So don’t lose heart. Even though your outward man is perishing… lean in, trust in Jesus – your inward man is being renewed day by day… and a new day will come.