This has been a less –than-wonderful week in many respects, and I won’t bore you with the details. I’m sure you have your own challenges to worry about and I know that many of you are facing much more serious problems than mine. However, I am reminded once again that it is NOT the disappointments and difficulties we encounter in life that “make or break” us, but rather our reaction to them.
My first reaction to a couple of challenges I encountered this week were not good. I’ll be the first to admit that my “fight or flight” instinct often leans decidedly toward the latter. As some of you know my earlier years included a lot of physical and emotional abuse that my brain still vividly recalls and naturally avoids. But I know from experience that if I let those few moments of panic pass I can find the peace and resolve needed to see my problem from several angles and work out a plan for solving it. Of course that plan may take several days and lots of prayer and consultation with friends and some internet research….but I eventually find my way to the right path.
There are those among us who are not so blessed. Many people turn to drugs or alcohol or other self-destructive practices in hopes of solving their problems. Some flounder in despair until it seems to them that there is no way out. Disappointment can lead to serious problems that affect everyone around them. I hope you will join me in praying for those who are disappointed this week and in need of encouragement.
God has pointed me in the right direction once again. I pray that you are also on the path to peace.