(Excerpted from sixseeds.patheos.com/davewillis May 7, 2013) We’ve all had days (and maybe even years) when life just doesn’t seem to be going our way. We have all faced different levels of heartbreak, setbacks, disappointments, burnout, stress and sadness. We’ve all been tempted to lose hope. During seasons of life where it feels like nothing is working and everything is out of whack, or on frustrating days where you just can’t seem to get anything accomplished, remember these four things. Struggles in life are inevitable, but destruction is optional. Remembering these four principles can make all the difference.
1. Remember that your character should always be stronger than your circumstances. We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we choose to respond. In those moments when I choose to stop complaining and instead give thanks to God for the good in my life, the parts that seem bad start to seem much less significant. Choose to keep a positive attitude and thankful heart regardless of what you’re going through. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
2. Remember that your struggles always lead to strength. Every difficulty in your life, whether big or small, is something God will use to produce more strength, faith and perseverance in you if you let Him! All your pain has a purpose. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 #3 is so important but it’s often the first thing we forget…
3. Remember that God’s timing is always perfect. God’s plans are almost always different from our plans, but His plans are always perfect! Have the patience to wait on His timing instead of forcing your own. “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
4. Remember that God will never leave your side. You may feel like you’re going through this struggle all alone, but from the moment you ask Jesus to bring you into God’s family, He will be by your side to the end so never lose hope! “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
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