Life is a Journey
When we think about life being a journey we probably could all exclaim, “What a journey!” There are lots of ups and downs to ride. I never did like rollercoasters, but a quick review of life will prove that I’ve been on a roller coaster.
There are so many situations in life where many of us think we should just quit. Stop struggling for that goal that seems unreachable, the top of the roller coaster. We have had setbacks and discouragements that seem to be never-ending, the bottom of the roller coaster. I know I have certainly have had times where I didn’t think I would make it through. But I did.
I have a very strong faith and have discovered four key things that I can do to help me get through these types of situations. They are simple and profound at the same time. Hopefully, you can find help through these tips during your days of struggle or times of reaching for the top.
1. Prayer Changes Things
The very first thing I do is pray. Prayer doesn’t have to be complicated or done is a certain way. It is a simple conversation between you and God. In Psalm 50, verse 15 it says, “Call on Me (God) in the day of trouble and I shall rescue you…”
Most of the time I pray in my car while commuting to and from work. I have about a half an hour one way which is plenty of time to talk with God. I tell Him my situation from my perspective. I sometimes cry if it is that serious or overwhelming. Sometimes I laugh because my situation is really more humorous than distressing once you speak it out loud. Other times I am just numb and don’t know how to feel. But I know talking to God is my best line of defense for conquering any negative situation.
Speaking your problem out loud can be therapeutic in itself. It sort of gets it off your chest. But prayer is not just speaking, it is also listening. Get in a quiet place, pray and sit in silence. You will experience thoughts and feelings; this is God speaking back to you. Listen.
2. Guidebook for Life
My second line of defense is to read the Scriptures. I view the Bible as God’s Guidebook for Living. Every life situation that we experience in today’s world can be found in the scriptures and have very real life applications. Even if you don’t totally subscribe to the Bible’s teachings, there are plenty of good words in it that can prove helpful. Psalm 119 verse 105 says about the Bible, “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.”
There are passages in the Bible that speak to relationships, work situations, finance issues, divorce, how to conduct business, who God is, and so much more. It really is worth reading.
3. Memorization, Encouragement We Can Take With Us
My third go-to strategy is related to the second; it is memorizing scripture. The Bible is very important to me and so I have memorized key verses that always provide me comfort, help me with decision making or point me in the right direction. Wherever I am during the day as I encounter different situations I can call to mind one of the many verses I have memorized and it will encourage me or help me make the right choice.
Again, if you don’t fully subscribe to the Bible, there are plenty of positive affirmations you can memorize that will help you through your situation. But memorizing Scripture is a great challenge.
Here are a few Scriptures that I lean on and have memorized:
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
- “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
- “He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require you? But to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
- “Be kind, one unto another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
- “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
No matter what your faith, you may find comfort in these words from the Bible. You may also like to develop your own positive affirmations. Here are a few to consider.
- I fill my mind with positive nourishing thoughts.
- I am grateful for all the good things in my life.
- I am successful in whatever I do.
- Every day in every way I get better and better.
Find that positive Scripture or affirmation that works for you. It is a great anxiety reliever.
4. You Have a Friend in Me
Finally, have a support group. By this, I don’t mean a formal counseling group, although that could help in certain situations. But I mean a group of like-minded friends and confidants that you can surround yourself with. It may even be an accountability group where you talk about your goals or overcoming a certain problem. You have given the group permission to hold you accountable to that goal or task. This can be a very positive and freeing experience.
I meet with my group weekly. We share with each other the things we are struggling with that week, what progress we have made toward conquering our struggles or achieving our goal. There is nothing magical about it, it is just talking and sharing deeply from the heart.
It may be difficult to find this type of group. You can start with a group of friends you already have and discuss the idea of an accountability group and see if any of them are interested. Sometimes it is better to start with a varied group of friends that don’t necessarily know each other. A bit of anonymity, in the beginning, might make it easier to share. This type of group can get very deep and personal. You need to be able to share from your inmost being. Maybe your group would only be one person. The number doesn’t matter, the support does.
I’ve gone through a lot in life and thankfully my group of friends was there to see me through. I know they cared for me, prayed for me, loved me and had my back. But, they also weren’t going to let me get away with things that either hindered my journey toward by goal or sabotaged my personal growth.
It’s good to be accountable, give it a try.
Don’t Stop Believing in Yourself
We all have problems. We deal with them in different ways. Call upon your faith. Fill your mind with positive thoughts to gain positive outcomes. Find support from your friends; be accountable to one another for growth and personal achievement.
Life is a journey on a roller coaster of sorts. Don’t get stuck at the bottom. Work through your situations and rise to the top. You can do it!