All of us are faced with challenges on a daily basis. We have to cope with chaotic traffic on the way to work. We have to meet various deadlines. It seems like there are just not enough hours in the day. As if that is not enough, people don’t feel safe anymore. The world is full of crime and violence. And to top it all, the latest I’m reading about is that the FBI warns against vehicle hacking risks.
How are we supposed to cope with this? To answer this question, I can go into so much detail that a book can be written about it (I won’t go into so much detail here…), but it starts with you.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure.
It starts with being alert and prepared. I am not saying you should become paranoid, but start taking note of what is going on around you. Pop that “bubble” that you are living in and take note of reality.
Become aware of the world that you are living in. Realize that it is foolish to think “it will never happen to me”. It can happen to you. But you can do something to prevent it from happening to you. Or at least you can (in the natural) increase the odds of something happening to you by taking precautions.
Take note of activities happening around you that seems suspicious or out of the ordinary. Lock the doors of your vehicle when are driving.
When you are working on multiple projects at work, do proper planning and then work your plan. Stick to your schedule and don’t allow anything or anybody to interfere in your schedule. Don’t wait until the deadline is two days away before you start working on that project that will take you two (maybe three days) to complete. Rather start working earlier on a project to allow some buffer time.
The same when you need to attend a meeting or need to be somewhere at a specific time. If you know it is a 30 minute drive under normal circumstances, rather allow 45 minutes for the journey to allow for delays. Rather be there 15 minutes early and relax than to always push everything to the limit. You’ll be much more relaxed and you’ll reserve your energy for when it is really needed.
Be Kind to Yourself
What is your normal response when someone greets you and they ask you how you are doing? The first response is normally to say that we are fine, and then we often follow up with how busy we are, and our hectic schedule. So, are you really fine?
You might be telling others that you are fine, but what are you telling yourself when you are alone. Start paying attention to your self-talk. If you find something overwhelming, why is it overwhelming and what can you do to make it better? If need be, discuss it with someone else to find the solution.
Don’t destroy yourself in an attempt to please other people. Don’t be a people pleaser, be a God pleaser. There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and to love yourself. Luke 10:27 (NIV) says “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
Take note, it doesn’t say ‘love your neighbor and hate yourself’. It says ‘love your neighbor as yourself.
It might be a good idea to pay attention to these 18 Quotes that Will Change the Way You Treat Yourself.
Don’t Live In Defeat.
You have only failed and you have only been defeated, when you say so. There is a saying that says ‘it doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, what matters is how many times you get up’.
Nobody likes the idea, but challenges will come and we will face trouble (John 16:33). Nobody can deny that. But we can read the good news in the same text. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has overcome the world, and through Him, we are conquerors (Romans 8:37). So You Can Stop Living in Defeat.
By meditating and equipping yourself with the Word of God, you are taking the best precaution that anybody can take. You can enjoy divine protection, healing and guidance. But it will not happen by itself. You cannot enjoy and fully understand the benefits of your salvation if you don’t read and study the Word of God.
Watch this short video that illustrates your divine protection, using an example from nature. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Take Control of Your Life.
You no longer need to be intimated by the chaos in the world around you. You don’t need to live in fear.
I recently wrote a guest post on Empowerment Moments Blog about How to Take Control of Your Life. Go there now and read how you can eliminate uncertainty in your life. Learn how to realize what you can control and what you can’t. Know the difference, and then take control of that which you can control.
Over To You.
Do you feel as if life is spinning out of control? Is the pressure too much? Are you experiencing the pressure of one demand after the other? Everybody is expecting to get your primary attention, and you just can’t cope anymore. Is that you?
Or are you in control. You know your identity in Christ. You are not intimidated. You face your challenges, yes, but you overcome them by faith; one step at a time.
Share with us how you are experiencing life at the moment. I’m looking forward to hear from you.