|Being happy and gay|
Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
What's the rush? Make a decision today to learn to do things in God's rhythm, not at the world's pace. Joyce Meyer Ministries
(Luke 17:12-18 NIV) As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
One of the challenges in Christian life is contentment. The Samaritan knew that he was not entitled to God's grace and therefore when he received it through Jesus Christ, he came back to show his gratitude.
It is difficult to have gratitude under the circumstances. A survey by the Human Right Campaign in Washington showed that gays are less likely to be happy (4 in 10 gay teens happy, compared with 7 in 10 for straight teens) which is not surprising since the survey also revealed that:-
The data is for gay teens who actually have it better than those who were there 20 years ago when life was much harsher and with being gay not yet legalized.
We have a right to be gay and happy.
Thanksgiving and gratitude is shown when we understand that it is all by grace, and that we deserved nothing and entitled to nothing much. It is all by the Blood of the Lamb because of faith in Christ Jesus.
The key to Christian living is contenment. Without being contented, we would not be happy with God's blessings in what we have. We don't have gratitude and grace because we think that we deserved it.
When we are not contented, we would often envy the material and financial wealth of others but fail to count our blessings.
We all need God's mercy and grace in our lives. We can receive it when we are at peace with ourselves. We can't be happy if we want to change what we cannot change - in who we are - our sexual orientation, and even the hardships, pain, lost and suffering that we have gone through as a result.
If we were to be truly happy, we have to be contented with who God has created us, a gay person, and because we have Christ, the Hope of Glory, He will give us a name, a future which is beyond us if we had been straight when we put our faith and trust in Jesus despite our predicaments.
The greatest challenge to happines and joy is the grave loss that we felt as a a gay person. We have lost out on so much - being abused, bullied and tortured whilst growing up at school and now denied our basic rights of existence and relationships for gays are still liable to be put in jail just for being gay in many countries. Our future seemed lost for we are denied the right to marry our love ones.
We can't be contented without giving God the glory and honor despite of our loss in life. It is to give grace, to forgive those who have harmed us greatly, that we receive grace to survive and to overcome. In many cases, we just but survive and contented and happy to do so.
There is no rush in this life to follow others or to feel compelled to do this or that even for the kingdom of God. God has a purpose for each of us even using our sexual orientation to call us to serve Him for His honour and glory.
We are all the body of Christ not simply because we choose to call ourselves Christians, but because our head is Jesus. We are bounded in Christ when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, and believe in Christ that His death and resurrection is the Way, the truth and the Life to God.
It is Jesus who gives us our commission to service. Being contented, is to be happy wherever we are, knowing that as we avail ourselves and listen to the Spirit of God, He will lead us to pastures beside still waters when we will fulfill our destiny. There is no rush to be someone we are not.
Being contented when one has so little and to smile when challenges and burden is great, is to have faith in Christ's resurrection power and works of grace in our lives. It is to know that as we empty ourselves, the Holy Spirit is then able to come in and abide with us. Contentment ultimately is the blessed assurance of being in Christ, today, tommorow and for eternity.
We like the Samaritan, as outcasts, as Gay Christians, has a choice and the choice is to give thanks to God for it is by God's grace and blessings that we see God even in creating us as a gays. For in being gay has meant a deep humility in loosing our lives, that we might gain it with Christ for eternity come.
Be happy, be gay, be contented for God's grace abounds and His Holy Spirit dwells within you to do God's mighty works and ministry in a powerful annointing of love. The best is yet to come when we are contented even when nothing comes for we know God's plans for us is for good. There's no need to rush and be in a hurry, for our eternity is in heaven and that is a long time.