Beth Armstrong

Christian wife, mom, & author. Doing life with my eyes fixed on Jesus. I walk, I stumble, I fall. But God is big. And this is what I write about… Thanks for stopping by!

CHRISTIANITY IS A CRUTCH

Gravity.

It’s a force that gives weight to objects. It’s sinking or falling. It’s heaviness or pressure. It’s that thing that causes objects on earth to fall straight down to the ground.

Reality.

It’s the state of things as they are or appear to be, rather than as one might wish them to be. It is that which exists. It’s actual. It’s that thing we experience, we see, we live.

Sometimes the gravity (the weightiness) of our reality (what we live) is overwhelming.

For me, I go through seasons of my life when I sense the gravity of my reality up close and personal. And truthfully, it is downright depressing. I struggle. The things I want to have happen don’t. The things I expect to happen don’t. The things I long for don’t surface. The things I work hard for bear no fruit. Joy comes few and far between. Struggle comes all too often. And that’s what I call the gravity of reality.

When the gravity of our reality gets heavy, weighs us down, seems unbearable, we all have different ways of dealing with it. Some ways are more admirable than others. Some of our solutions we’ll admit out loud, some we’ll keep hidden…very hidden. I can’t say that I have the perfect solutions every time. I can’t say that I respond in the most godly, positive, honorable ways either. But lately, I’ve been trying to respond to the gravity of my reality by breathing deep the self-talk of God’s Word.

For instance…

When the gravity of reality says, “No you can’t”—I will choose to say, “Yes I can.” (Philippians 4:13)

When the gravity of reality says, “This mountain is too big”—I will choose to say to this mountain, “Move from here to there.” (Matthew 17:20)

When the gravity of reality says, “You’re sinking in the pit”—I will choose to say, “No, my feet are on a rock, on a firm foundation.” (Psalm 40:2).

When the gravity of reality says, “Your future is bleak at best”—I will choose to say, “God plans to give me a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

When the gravity of reality says, “Give up, quit trying”—I will choose to say, “I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:6)

When the gravity of reality says, “You’re just stumbling around in the darkness with no real direction”—I will choose to say, “God’s Word will light my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

crutches

You know…some people have the idea that Christianity is just a crutch for those people who can’t handle the gravity of their reality. They think that Christianity is for the weak, the ones who aren’t strong enough to live life without some sort of crutch.

Well if this is the case, then I’ll take my crutch any day.

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