My week has been a mess.
Well as far as my stuff goes…
I try to make my possessions (clothes, tech, etc.) last as long as possible. For example, I have or had a pair of Converse that I’ve had for years, they started to fade so I painted them in with a sharpie.
You can call me cheap, but thats the ingenuity you learn from being a college student, and then trying to live life on a youth pastor’s salary.
However, those Converse meet with an unfortunate disaster, a water park They then proceeded to destroy some of my cargo shorts by irreversibly staining them with Sharpie ink.
My phone charger cable followed suit; no more charge. Then my headphones; no sound.
One by one, my stuff stopped working. I blame the stuff, yet really its my fault. I chose to push these items past their limits, and I knew one day it would fall apart. I just hoped it wouldn’t be all at the same time.
This experience isn’t limited to just our stuff though. We have habits we know aren’t good for us, yet we keep pushing. There are people in our life that are toxic to us, yet we keep them around. Christians especially have a tendency to live on tradition instead of true faith and the Word of God.
What happens then? Life falls apart, nothing seems to work, we get stuck, and we feel like failures.
But you aren’t doomed. You can do something about it.
1) Warning Signs
Construction happens all the time in Houston and it seems it will never stop! But with it comes new signs that are posted to keep us safe on the roads that are being worked on.
They come miles ahead of the actual worksite, why? So we can slow down, take notice, and drive careful. Just like that life comes with warning signs. There are ways of knowing when you are holding onto something too long, or that someone will hurt you. We aren’t always so observant, but once we see a problem, we need to take notice.
2) Listen to Advice From Others
We don’t always notice them right away, sometimes our loved ones do. Your mom doesn’t like your new boyfriend/girlfriend for “no apparent reason”, she’s noticing something. When we focus on what only we see, we miss the big picture. It helps to have another pair of eyes and another brain to see life’s situations differently.
“You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 MSG
3) The Bible is Useful
The Bible is also a good place to look when it comes to stumbling blocks to your faith. I know right, who knew? It wasn’t written just because God needed something to do. The stories were written with purpose. Paul writes:
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NIV
Just because you follow this advice and try your best to keep everything together doesn’t mean that everything will always go your way. Sorry, but that’s not how life works. When you have others around you and you put your trust in God, you have a winning combination! So even when life takes a dark turn, you will make it through.