When Life Gets Hard
There comes a time in everyone's life when trouble and difficulties seems to gang up on them. When this happens; when life gets hard; what is the creative way to handle things?
FIRST: Don't try to do it all yourself. Don't struggle and fret. Do not complain and strain. Do all you can about things, and then put it all into God's hands, trusting Him to make it all turn out right. You can trust in God. You can depend on Him. He will not fail you. Let go and let God.
SECOND: Pray for guidance, and believe that direction is now being given to you. Believe that this guidance can be trusted. Depend on it, for it will not let you down.
THIRD: Pray for, and practice, a calm attitude. Disturbing things will remain disturbing as long as you allow yourself to be disturbed. When you become peaceful, conditions will iron themselves out. You cannot think creatively when your mind is upset and frantic. Remember: Upset minds upset; peaceful minds "peacefulize".
FOURTH: Saturate your consciousness with faith, believing that things will turn out right. Say aloud, every day, several times, "Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee." [Isa 26:3 KJV] "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength".[Isa 30:15 KJV] "Peace I give to you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." [John 14:27 KJV]
FIFTH: Remind yourself of one great truth; hard experiences will pass away. They will yield. They can be changed. Just hold on, with God's help.
SIXTH: There is always a light in the darkness. Believe this. Look for this light. This light is the love of God. "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." [Psa 119:105 KJV] Go ahead into the darkness unafraid.
SEVENTH: Ask the Lord to release your own creative ingenuity and wisdom, which together ca, in fact, handle any problem successfully.
EIGHTH: Never forget that God cares for you, that He loves you, and that He wants to help you. Turn to Him and gratefully accept His help.
NINTH: Remember that all human beings experience troubles similar to your own. Many years ago, a graduating class gave a stone bench which had these words engraved on it: "To those who sit here, sorrowing or rejoicing; Greetings. So also we did in our time/"
TENTH: Hold onto this great promise: "God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble." God will see you through, and a brighter day will dawn for you.
Life is easier than you think.
All you have to do is:
Accept the impossible,
Do without the indispensable,
Bear the intolerable,
Be able to smile at anything.