Do y’all ever have those days, weeks, years, that you wonder whyyou haven’t given up yet? I’m talking about just a good ol’ throwin’your hands up in the air & saying,“Y’all can have this, I quit!”Sometimes, it just seems like nothing is going right. When there’stoo much month & not enough money, not enough time in the dayto do it all, piled up laundry, stacked up dishes, legal problems,deteriorating health (whether yours or a loved one), relationshipproblems, or worse- you may feel like you don’t know where to turn.It’s sadly a reality that people are hurting & sometimes the grief oflife can overwhelm us. However, sweet friends, I wanted to sharewith you how you can get through these things in life & oddlyenough, come out ok.Here are my 5 reasons not to go hollaring and screaming into thesunset:1. Remember that everything in life is temporary. If everything is going good,enjoy it, because it won’t last forever. And if things are goingbad, don’t worry, that won’t last either.James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (NKJV)2. Know you have to trust the Lord. When God says you can do this,you can. Know that the Lord will not let you go so far, youcan’t see your way back.I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)God’s team is the winning team. Be on that team.3. Don’t forget the prize. Keep your eye on the prize (heaven). Doall you can to be faithful, so that you may be able to have thatprize. God’s plan for your life, far exceeds the circumstancesof your day. So, know if you just hang on there, the Lord’sgoing to come right in & take care of it all. But we have to doour part, too. Be sure you don’t forget to continue to be a beautiful Christian like example. God won’t forget you for it.Job 23:10 But He knows the way that I take,when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. (NKJV)4. Be aware that with the good, comes the bad. Hard times are a fact of life.How we view them & handle them is up to us.Job 2:10 Shall we indeed accept good from God & shall we not acceptadversity?(NKJV)
5. Most of all know you are not in this by yourself. There are billions of people on this ol’ earth. Know when to ask someone for help. I had a dear friend tell me once, “You can get through anything with a lot prayer & a lot of Paxil.” I love her light hearted take on life. It’s reality that sometimes we have to ask our medical care providers for help. Don’t be afraid to do that. But do know that Jesus is right there waiting to help you no matter what. If the Lord does not seem close to you, seriously, who moved? It wasn’t Him. Just seek Him, because He’s there. Acts 17:27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; (NKJV)
Let me stop here & say something about Job. He lost everything he ever worked hard for. His wife turned against him. His friends gave him bad advice. He had health & financial problems. In one day his whole world was turned upside down. However, it was in his attitude, his God fearing, God loving, God trusting attitude that helped him make it through. It seemed like sometimes that God had forgotten Job. But He didn’t. It was over years before Job’s life ever turned around. What did he do during the mean time? He was faithful. Don’t get me wrong. He was upset & didn’t like what was going on. However, he never turned his back on God.He knew the Lord would deliver him. And guess what y’all? He did & Job was more blessed in the end, than the beginning.