Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Are you stuck?

As a pastor's wife and someone who works in customer relations daily, I meet alot of people. I am really thankful for my secular job and I know one of the reasons God has placed me there is the awesome opportunity to meet and get to know people in my small community. I have had the opportunity to share the Word with some and have even seen some come to our church.

One thing I have noticed recently is the resiliency some people have. I think it is a great witness. I have met people in my life that have suffered terrible things: death, disability, financial ruin. To see someone suffer and get up again the next day to face the world is an amazing testimony.

I know other people who seem stuck.

Some people get stuck in their childhood. "Dad was awful to us kids so my life is awful."

Some get stuck in their missed opportunities. I have been there and done that. As a Christian, it is hard to understand how you give your all to something and it just doesn't happen the way you thought it would.

Others seems stuck on the person who did them wrong and refuse to free themselves by practicing forgiveness.

I have compassion for those who have lost a loved one. I still grieve daily over the loss of my sister so this past year has brought me to a new understanding of grief. But I pray to God I don't get stuck.

Paul said in Philippians 3 "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

So what do we do when we feel stuck? I think first of all we get up...day after day. Then we start allowing ourselves to think about other things. Maybe then we even quit talking about it to everyone all the time. I do think there are times we reach out to others and ask for help.

I know it is so easy to think we are the only person in the world who has been through what we have but guess what? We are not! People everywhere are hurting. That is why we need each other. But we can't allow tragedy and life's trouble to control us, change us, or make us stuck somewhere we were never meant to be!

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