Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Turning Pain into Gain

"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word" - Psalm 119:67

Here are some guidelines that can help you when trouble knocks on your door:

  • Guideline 1: Know that trouble is universal. Everybody faces adversity. Your attitude, though, has everything to do with how trouble affects you.
“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men" - Lamentations 3:32
  • Guideline 2: Realize that nothing in life is forever. Both blessing and adversity will not last.
  • Guideline 3: Hold on to what you know is true, and refuse to believe what your emotions are telling you. You may think that God is punishing you or that you are suffering because of your inability to perform as well as others. Refuse to believe this. Go with what you believe, not with how you feel.
  • Guideline 4: Focus on getting through the difficulties one problem at a time. Don't worry about everything all at once.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" - Matthew 6:34
  • Guideline 5: Let your adversity drive you to God. Trouble makes us realize our humanity, failure, and insufficiency in handling situations. It makes us realize that we need the Lord's help, his strength, His wisdom, and His guidance.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." - Psalm 46

Sala, Harold. Just for today: Guidelines for living.

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