Today, I want to consider what to do when we feel frustrated and distressed. I want to examine how we should react when we experience dissatisfaction and setbacks. I am thoroughly convinced that with the right attitude and the right actions we can overcome the most difficult moments in our lives. So in troubling times, I believe there are three simple tips that can help you overcome the perplexities you face in life.
1. Talk to God about the things that concern you! When you have a problem, it is so easy to worry or become upset. Yet, we always have the option to take our troubles to Jesus and leave them there. The Bible states in 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Giving your daily struggles to Jesus is a wonderful way to reduce stress and increase your peace of mind. I believe prayer should always be our first choice and not our last resort.
2. Stop living in denial! Sometimes we just have to admit that we are in over our heads. Every now and then, we have to attest to the fact that we have made a mess of our present situation and we don’t know how to fix it. Proverbs 28:13 states, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." When we make a mess of things, we have to own up to our mistakes. Acknowledgement is always the first step on the road to recovery.
3. Remember, failure doesn’t have to be fatal! The reality of the matter is this, we are an imperfect people, living in an imperfect world, and we will make mistakes along this journey that we call life. I think Proverbs 24:16 describes it best, "for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again…" Even the most devout Christian blows it every now and then. Yes, failure is universal but it doesn’t have to destroy your life. You can recover from a fall!
In troubling times, life can be perplexing. In troubling times, we can allow disappointment and hurt feelings to cloud our judgment. Yet, I believe that with God on our side we can overcome any problem. I strongly believe that when we talk to God about our troubles, acknowledge our mistakes, and refuse to allow failure to stop our progress, we will prevail over any challenge that comes our way. Today, I want to leave you with the words of Isaiah 41:10, "So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."