I have been alive long enough to know that our time on this earth is limited. We are constantly reminded of how blessed we are when we open our eyes each morning. Each time God wakes you up, always remember that there are some people who weren’t so lucky. We tend to think, if not believe, that our problems are larger than they appear. We allow these same problems to create an incredible amount of stress in our lives.
Life is too short to be worried about anything; you ought to be convinced that you are too blessed to be stressed. Conversely, you leave no room to receive your blessings if you are too stressed to even recognize them when they’re coming. Know that you can overcome any obstacle if you are on this side of the dirt. Spending time thinking about your issues instead of focusing on solutions will only create additional obstacles.
Do not allow your problems to stress you out to the point that you leave no room for God to enter. Your focus should not be on how big the problem seems to be or how difficult your challenges appear. Rather, focus intently on the fact that God is bigger than the sum of your problems and He created you for a purpose. Yes, your life has purpose. Your purpose will increasingly become obscure if you continuously focus on your problems rather than possible solutions.
God brought you this far, hasn’t He? There is a reason for that. Trust Him and start giving less authority to your problems and more authority to the fact that every problem has a solution; that is the only way you will position yourself to receive your blessings.
Now ask yourself, Are you too stressed to be blessed?
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There are so many people who truly don’t understand the amount of power and authority they give to their problems. The power they give to their problems is so much greater than the power they give to their blessings. In many cases, the blessings bestowed upon you up to this day are far greater than the problems you’ve experienced yet most will give their problems more authority than their blessings. When you compare the two, I would dare to say that you have had more good things happen in your life than bad. Focus on the good.
While we may be doing many things right, for some, all it takes is one bad thing to interrupt the ebb and flow of the pursuit of perfection. Always ask yourself, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” When negative things inevitably happen to us, it is critically important that we spend as little time as possible focused on the problem. Most people allow their problems to seem bigger than they really are. The goal is to redirect your attention and focus to what matters most; self-improvement.
It is imperative that you invest as much time and energy into counting your blessings and as little time as possible on things that you constantly worry about and cannot control. After all, worrying doesn’t change nor solve anything. Worrying about your problem is certainly not going to fix it. Worrying about your problem is not going to change the fact that you still have a problem. The goal should be not to waste precious time worrying when you could be using that same time and energy to find a solution to your problem.
Do not allow one negative event to overshadow all the positive ones in your life.
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You are not your problems. All too often we allow our problems to not only define us but also dictate what our tomorrows will look like. The problem may be small to the world but it may be as big as the world to you. No matter what the problem is, it is not insurmountable. We allow most problems to fester and ferment in our psyche until it eventually overcomes us. Before you get to the point of no return, I urge you to connect with someone you trust, share your problem with them and allow the both of you to come up with viable solutions. You are not alone.
You truly never know what someone is going through and you can’t possibly know just by looking at them. When you think you have it bad, someone else is experiencing something ten times worse. While there is no test or special sign that will alert us if and when someone is experiencing pain or trouble, that shouldn’t restrict us from trying to be a friend. A friend is one who will ask the uncomfortable questions in order to find the root of the issue. This is the only way you can create an exit strategy to remove you from your problems. The first step is to understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Just because you experienced failure does not mean that is who you are as a person. The attempt may have failed but you certainly did not. It is better to try and fail then to never have tried at all. If you are going through hell, do not stop.
If you are on this side of the dirt, I am unequivocally convinced that you can do something about your problems. Most of us try to handle our problems alone; this method of problem solving can be exceptionally overwhelming. While handling it alone will allow you to exercise your independence, it is not the only option. Understand that two heads are better than one. If you have two people working to solve the same issue, you may find the solution twice as fast. In essence, whatever you are going through does not have to be the end of the world; you must stay strong. You must stay strong especially for the people who rely on your strength.
Remember that you are not your problems. Your problems are just that, problems. And problems are meant to be solved. If you aren’t able to find a solution to your problems, join forces and restructure your attack until you eventually overcome it.
Life is so precious and we truly only have one of them to live which is why I urge you to make every single day count.
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