When life is not going as planned, we need strategies to survive. What better principle to teach our children than how to make it through the tough times?
Here is a way to begin …
- First, it helps to remember that whatever you are going through, you are not alone. God is with you.
- Second, do not compare yourself, your life, or your current circumstances with anyone else. We are all dealing with “issues,” even if they don’t show … even on social media.
- Third, one constant truth is that “everything changes.” It’s the nature of life on earth. And until we pass on, life will remain in a constant state of flux. So as challenging as life may seem right now, remember that circumstances will change and your light will brighten.
In the meantime, to help bring you out into the sunshine, here are a few strategies to ponder …
1. Be thankful in all circumstances – not thankful FOR the trouble, but thankful that you are coming OUT of the trouble. Even if you can’t see how right now. By finding one thing to be thankful for, you shift the focus – even if you have to be thankful for something as mundane as the grass. It is a way to begin.
2. Forgive. Carrying around unforgiveness contaminates our peace and eats away at our bodies. Even if it is ourselves that we must forgive.
We have all done foolish things. Made inappropriate comments. And asked ourselves “What were you thinking?” We have all been cheated on, lied to, stolen from, hurt, and betrayed. Living in this world – a world dominated by selfishness and deceit – is part of our earthly experience. We should not be surprised when man lets us down. But we must not carry around the wrong and burden ourselves with such a heavy load. Let it go! Let … it … GO!
3. Be kind. The other day I received the nicest email from Roger, a website visitor. It was a short “Thank you for keeping this website up-to-date … I continue to learn …” That was it. A thoughtful gentleman just letting me know that I had touched a life. His gratitude moved me deeply.
Isn’t that why we are here? To encourage and serve one another? Just ask Roger. His kind words made my day!
“And be ye kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another …”
It will help us – and our children – through the tough times.