When The Going Gets Tough

Thursday, March 08, 2018

To eat chocolate or have a banana? To watch Netflix or go workout? To spend or to save? We make so many unconscious decisions in life and there are so many decisions that we agonize over. We typically choose our actions and form opinions through our mental process, which is influenced by our emotions, memories, bias, and reason. But as Christians, we must always remember to choose our actions based on God’s Biblical principles.

It is inevitable that at some point in life, things will become challenging. We’ve all had days, maybe even years when life doesn’t seem to be going our way. Personally, I’ve had long seasons of life where I felt like nothing was going right, and I’ve had frustrating days where I just can’t seem to get anything done, and seasons of drought where I couldn’t seem to feel satisfied. But in those long seasons of sickness, joblessness, financial stress, marital issues, and other life situations, the stress and frustration can feel overwhelming and make us miserable. The truth is that struggles in life are inevitable, but giving up is optional.

I love the verse found in James 1:12 that says: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life.”

Perseverance in Greek is made up of two words: one means to remain and the other means under. This says that perseverance is the ability to remain under pressure, under the difficult seasons of life and remain in a good spirit, remain in joy. Isn’t it good news that through every season of life we have the ability to persevere? That it is possible for us to be in a tough situation yet still have peace. For us to experience heartache and pain yet have joy.

There are two main thoughts I tend to think about that help me remain consecrated in hope when I feel hopeless:

No matter how bad things are, we have the power to make things worse or make them better.

The reality is that our attitude through our situations can improve them or worsen them. We can’t lead a positive life with a negative attitude. When negativity controls our mind, our behavior, actions, perspective, and opportunities are limited. Our power to improve our attitude comes from our decision to choose gratitude.

Suffering is not useless, there is a purpose in it.

We should remember that although we may not fully understand or even see what God is working in our lives, He is compelled by love to allow circumstances that will bring forth a greater life in us.

My hope is that you would always remember that you are what you overcome. While things may seem out of hand, God has your life in the palm of His hands and there is no better place we could be.


Author: Stephany G.


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