“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world: he who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'” John 8:12
Emptiness. Anger. Hate. Intolerance. Envy. Jealousy. Resentment. Depression. Broken hearts. Everyone has felt these emotions at one time or another. I’ve had good times and bad times. Some days shine bright, and some days the storm clouds can easily roll in.
And so goes the circle of life. When life takes a nosedive, something causes it. When this happens, if you peel back some layers you may discover the root cause of your dilemma.
When I look back, I discovered that sometimes my greatest obstacle was me–not always, but sometimes. When we decide to get out of our own way and let go of our past then we begin to conquer our problems and begin tearing down the walls that have entrapped us.
Is Your Life Broken?…Are you in a place where you’d rather not be?
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” —John 10:10. This is a promise.
Do your troubled hours seem to blur into days, days into months, months into years without much change? Does depression seem to keep you a prisoner, leaving you feeling hopeless?
If this is where you are, take a breath, and take the first step to break the link in the chain. But you must change the way you think about about yourself and your life. If you feel that you need to get outside help then seek help. Maybe no one can help to change your situation but there are people who care about helping you.
I’m no scholar or college professor, I have no doctorate degree, and I’m not an ordained minister. I’m someone who’s faced the highs and lows of life, and I know what it’s like to go through endless trials. But trials help strengthen us to make us stronger. God never promised that we wouldn’t have trials, but He has promised us that He would walk through them with us. The New Testament says, “Consider it all joy, my brethern, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
A perfect result. I think we’ve all felt like we’ve been kicked around and have had our hearts trampled by thoughtless words or deeds, which can force us to build walls to keep people out. But we don’t have to allow these circumstances to keep people out of our lives, or allow such circumstances to define us. What defines us is how we choose to deal with those trials.
By tearing down the walls that keep us from pressing forward, by taking deep breath, we will then be stepping in the right direction.
God is a God of many chances. His patience is great. He’s forgiving, and His mercies are new every morning. He’s there even when we don’t feel His presense. Turn to Him. Ask Him to give you the strength escape the valley so you can stand on the mountian again.
Begin your journey today. Evaluate your life. Then take the first step to change what isn’t working in your life, and begin a new plan: take a clean canvas and paint a new beginning. And through this process, and you will begin to discover your purpose.
If you feel you need a gentle nudge to begin a new journey, or you need to renew your hope, please check out my Hurting Hearts video here, https://www.debra-erickson.com/videos or, my latest book, here, “Hurting Hearts Need a Light.”