Life has a way of ganging up on you. There are times when you have more problems than solutions. It is when these difficulties seem to never go away and almost become a permanent part of your life that you become vulnerable to all kinds of breakdowns. You become physically weary and your “fighting spirit” weakens. Is it any wonder that disappointment, discouragement and depression are always lurking in the dark corners, ready to pounce on you and devour you?
Where does a Christian turn to for help? What can a believer do to restore emotional stability and regain the positive attitude needed to survive? How is hope rekindled?
I am writing this for a dear friend who has been dealt a very bad hand in life. She struggles. I am also writing this for all the women (and men) in this world who are in a similar situation.
My friend is a Christian single mom who has grown children. She is in her fifties. Her life has not unfolded as she had hoped. Sound familiar?
Her former husband makes life difficult for her and abuses her whenever possible. Her kids do not appreciate her and they treat her with disrespect. Her job situation is tenuous and on top of all this she has financial problems. All this and more leads her to ponder becoming a hermit.
This scenario is not unusual. For many women, this is the reality of life. There is no relief as they battle every day to maintain stability and sanity and keep their head above water. Such is life for these precious daughters of the Lord.
What would God have them do to redirect their lives and get back on a healthy track, in spite of the nagging problems they deal with daily? What is the first step toward recovery?
God knows how unfair and untenable life’s problems can be, and He knows that for some, problems will always be a major part of your life. God’s direction in times like this is to keep things in perspective.
Life goes on regardless of your problems. The question is, how are you going to respond? Are you going to give up and let life’s problems finish you off, or are you going to put things in a right perspective that restores your “fight”?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will be soon gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Here is what God says to those weary of the fight. “Don’t give up.” Be strong. Be tough.
Keep your problems in perspective. In the big picture you will see that your present problems are small and won’t last very long. Compare what you are enduring now to what is coming. If you keep your eyes on the unseen blessings that are coming (that easily outweigh your current problem), your hope will be restored and your calm and peaceful demeanor will return.
Remember, problems can either take you down or build you up. The decision is yours. Problems rightly handled will strengthen your faith, show those in your life the power of God and bring glory to God. The choice is yours. What’s it going to be?
Choose to put things in perspective!
Have a better day today!
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