When the trials of life push us to the limit and our hearts are the heaviest it may seem as though we are hitting dead-end after dead-end or road block after road block, it is then it may become easier for us to feel as though we should just throw in the towel and give up. Instead of dwelling on how stressed, how tired, and or how overwhelmed we are, we should learn and take heed from what is written in Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) which reads(10) Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”.
We must focus on our Lord’s inexhaustible strength, our Lord’s unlimited power, and know it is through our faith we can take comfort in knowing even though things are not going as we would like here in this physical world through the work we do here (and what Christ Jesus did for us on the cross) we will find our reward in heaven. Hebrews 10:35 (NIV) says (35) “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded”.
Satan wants us to tire; he wants us to throw in the towel because he knows when we have given up hope he can move in. We must look to God for our direction because by doing so we will avoid many of life’s dead-ends and road blocks which can tire and rob us of our strength.
June Reflection – Lamentations 3:24-26 (NIV) (24) “I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. (25) The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; (26) it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Over the last 3 months in my monthly newsletter I defined my vision for “Total Wellness”. The March newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy mind and its role in “Total Wellness”. The April newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy body and its role in “Total Wellness”. And most recently the May newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy soul and its role in “Total Wellness”.
We know that as much as 95% of all disease and illness evolves from stress so it is beneficial for us to have and keep a healthy mind. We know we must eat nutritionally sound food, and we must have some physical activity in our life because it helps us maintain a healthy body. A healthy body makes us feel good about ourselves, and when we feel good about ourselves, we take control and feel empowered to live life on our terms. We also learned that a healthy soul can give us a more tranquil life because of the inner wisdom and peace it provides us.
What about those road blocks that can sabotage our attempts to find “Total Wellness”? Well, the first thing we need to do is identify what the road block is. Is it a road block to a healthy mind, a healthy body, and or a healthy soul or maybe worse a combination of all three? Once we have identified what the road block(s) are we can more clearly focus our efforts in that area.
While some road blocks can be more easily overcome such as finding a different route home that does not pass the ice-cream shop, others can be more frustrating and demoralizing. In either case we must remember they can be overcome! Getting past some of our road blocks may mean we have to change the way we look at and approach life’s obstacles, and in some cases we may feel as though we are powerless to make the changes necessary to get past them. We must remember in those times The Bible says the Word of God can change the things we cannot change on our own. As D.L. Moody once said “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge; the Bible was given to change our lives”.
I started the year 2013 off with a Soulful Inspiration entitled S.S.D.D. (Same Solution Different Day) in which I asked the folks who were looking to create change in their life to ask themselves the following questions:
- Have I made this decision before?
- What solutions can I identify in the past that have not worked?
- What new solution(s) am I going to try this time that will help me to make the change I want?
If you are trying to get past a road block in your life you can ask yourself these similar questions:
- What have I tried before to overcome this road block?
- What have I tried before in the past that did not work?
- What new solution(s) will energize and motivate me to succeed this time?
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.