As a pastor of a church, I meet many people for whom life is not going well. If you look around, you find that these needs are everywhere. Maybe you are experiencing a time in life when things aren’t going well.
What do you do during times like these?
First, do something different. You know the old definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” I find myself doing exactly that–doing the same thing over and over.
Recently, I determined to do something different about communication. Like you, I receive hundreds of communications–emails, texts, social media notifications, and phone calls. Handling those communications is not easy, but it is important.
I decided to set up a different way to handle my communications and so far it is working beautifully. When life changes, you may have to change with it.
You can read about my troubles with email here: http://waylonbailey.com/2014/03/13/too-many-tos-and-not-enough-dos/
If things aren’t going well for you, I encourage you to try a different way of accomplishing what needs to be done.
Sometimes the thing that needs to be done differently involves how you think and act.
Second, don’t blame the past or what has happened before. It’s easy to get stuck in the past. I suppose you can live in the past. Afterall, people do it all the time. I simply notice that you cannot live well in the past.
Third, live in the present. You cannot change that which has gone before, but you can change how you think of it and how you react to it.
Writing from prison, Paul gave excellent advice about when things don’t go well: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. . . .and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4: 8-9, NLT).
May God bless you as you deal with difficult situations.
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