What if the answer to your current struggles is completely off your map? What if there is more to be gained from your circumstances than you can see? How would you live differently if you knew The Lord has greater plans for your life?
Most of us experience depression and anxiety everyday. Perhaps not to the point of being “clinically significant.” But enough to drain our energy. We’re down because something hasn’t gone well. And worried about a future that mightn’t be any different.
- If you’re in Survival Mode …
You’ve already experienced a lot of failure and disappointment. Which has left you with a deep sense of inadequacy. And you have lost all hope. You have resolved to just hang on. To try to create the best life possible in your personal Egypt.
- If you’re in Management Mode …
You’ve determined to beat whatever (whomever) has kept you from your Promised Land. You’ve adopted the popular belief that “if it’s to be, it’s up to me.” You fight against yourself. And everyone else. Find ways to whip people into shape. Taking charge is your solution.
But what if The Lord has Something Better in mind?
Your circumstances – everything you face and will ever face – are there to draw you back to The Lord. He put specific desires in your heart. And He is The Only One Who can fulfill them. He wants more for your life than mere survival. He also knows that if you take charge, you’ll make a big mess. For someone. Probably yourself. And the ones you love.
What if God isn’t answering your prayers because He has Something Better in mind than what you’ve been praying? Why not ask Him what He wants to do? Then pray accordingly. He’ll answer that prayer! (1 John 5:14-15)
A Higher Calling requires two, closely-related ways of approaching life.
- Love God. Delight in your personal relationship with Him. Talk to Him about everything. Absolutely everything. He knows that you are only dust. And He totally understands your feelings … and your frustrations. So be honest with Him. Remember His promises. Especially the ones about not leaving you and helping you overcome everything that comes against you. Listen for His voice. He may just listen to you for awhile. But He will speak to you. Always give Him thanks. Lots of thanks.
- Love others. Especially those who have hurt you. Respect each person’s free will. God does. Even so, always hope and pray and believe for God’s best in their lives. Speak words of blessing and think kind thoughts. Imagine what The Lord will do.
A New Perspective
Our vantage point is limited. Things look very different from above. Ask The Lord to show you how things look from where He is. He delights in showing you His ways. And He has a glorious purpose for your life. It may not look glorious to anyone else. But it will to you.
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)