Politics. Unrest. Sickness. Death. Restrictions. Relationship difficulties. Financial needs. Hurt feelings. Loneliness. Heartache. You’ve probably dealt with one of those things in the last week. I have!
What can we do?
I can entrust my future to God.
But you yourself [God] have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into your hands. The helpless one entrusts himself to you [God]; you are a helper of the fatherless. Psalms 10:14
I can enjoy the pleasures of life.
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
Here’s my challenge to you: find something to celebrate this week. Make something special – pick up flowers at the grocery store, make cinnamon rolls for breakfast, watch a new movie, try a new restaurant…whatever you do, enjoy the moment. It is a gift of God’s grace!
I can be kind.
I can stop complaining.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. Proverbs 11:25
I heard so much complaining last week about politics, people, situations and circumstances. It wore me out. I complained too, and that also wore me out. Let’s be fountains instead of drains.
I can assume the best of the people who serve me.
The leaders of my church? They have the best intentions and are seeking to please God. The person taking my order at a restaurant? He doesn’t have a personal vendetta against me. My husband? He’s not trying to ruin my day.
I can pray.
I can look back on God’s faithfulness (that’s what the past is about!).
We must get up and go to Bethel. I will build an altar there to the God who answered me in my day of distress. He has been with me everywhere I have gone. Genesis 35:3
I can look forward with hope to a certain future.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20