Trust and believe.

We’re faced with a large dose of humility and an opportunity to see our sin and admit we don’t get everything right all the time. (James 4:10; Luke 14:11; Rom. 12:3)

Trust the Lord

In the midst of a humbling trial, we quickly, albeit painfully, realize that we can’t face the hardest moments of life alone. Trials present opportunities to trust that the Lord knows what he is doing, is in control, and is working all things for our good. Looking for the hand of God in hardship is hard. The truth of Scripture and a strong supportive community help point us to the Lord. (Ps. 18:2; Prov. 3:5-6; Phil. 4:6)

We Need Community

Just as we learn to trust the Lord, obstacles push us to lean on others, dive into our communities, and ask for help. Humbling as it can be, by inviting others into our mess, we foster vulnerability, connection, trust, and deep relationship. That is the Body of Christ. (Gal. 6:2; 1 Cor. 12:25-27)

Laugh

A wise man once told me, never lose your sense of humor. Being able to laugh brings a life-giving levity to any situation. It’s also a way we connect with one another. Brené Brown, a well-known scholar, researcher, and speaker, talks about knowing laughter as “a spiritual form of communing; without words we can say to one another, ‘I’m with you. I get it.’” (Prov. 17:22; Ps. 126:2; Luke 6:21)

Perspective

Perspective is both innate and learned, based on our family of origin, life experiences, and values. There is another element of perspective: choice. More than just looking on the bright side, perspective is how we choose to see God, love him, thank him, and praise him without ceasing. (1 Cor. 10:13; Gal 5:1; Rom. 8:1)

Have Compassion for Others

During a devastating season in college, I became acutely aware that most people are pretty good at hiding the hard stuff. We force a smile, we leave out details, we fake it, and we even flat out lie to convince others we’re fine. Our own trials and hardships help us have compassion on others. In my own heartache, I became softened for the really good fakers who are able to keep others at an arm’s length for far too long. God calls us to bear one another’s burdens in community and love. (Eph. 4:32; 2 Cor. 1:3-4; Col 3:12)

Take Responsibility for Your Actions

Our mistakes teach us that we are responsible for our thoughts, words, emotions, and actions. While others influence our decisions, we are ultimately responsible for our choices. Sometimes the hardship we face is a direct consequence of our sinful behavior. Just as we’re responsible for our sin, so we are also responsible for acting in a way that pleases God and uses the gifts he has given us. (Gal. 6:5; Rom. 12:6-8)

Be Vulnerable

To learn from our obstacles in every way described above, we must be vulnerable. We must own the hard things. We must admit defeat, open up to others, share our hearts, face our fears, and embrace the unfolding story of our lives. In order to learn from our obstacles, we must be able to take an honest look at ourselves. (James 1:1-27; 2 Cor. 6:11-13; 2 Cor. 12:9-10; James 5:16)

Published by Fellowship of Praise: ALL praise to God our Reason, Hallelujah!!!

To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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