ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY-Today, You Are Really Struggling…
Today, you are really struggling at work. The thought of waking up and driving to a workplace where you don’t feel valued, included, appreciated, or heard causes stress and a pit in your stomach. Most of your day is full of thoughts of finding a workplace that will see and use your potential and simply treat you with the kindness you desire.
Today, you are really struggling with your emotions. There is a fight between the strong, together, and in control person you long to show others and the person internally who struggles with feelings of depression, loneliness, fear, worthiness, abandonment, worry, acceptance, shame and lives in a secret world of not wanting to be found out.
Today, you are really struggling with hope. Between the nonsense called the elections, the hatred and violence around the world, the hypocrisy, judgment, selfishness, and general lack of care for one another and the statistics that reveal, for many, answers that are found in the bottom of a bottle, needle in the arm, or taste of a bullet in the mouth, you struggle for answers.
Man, I get that. I really, really do. I wish I had a quick answer to make all pain go away and make everything right. But I don’t and based on the experiences and how I learned things, I would not make it go away immediately if I could. A beautiful thing happens in the midst of real struggle…In the struggle we find Him and we grow wiser.
For us that struggle at work. Be encouraged. Know that you are there to give, not to get. You are there to get a paycheck and maybe learn some skills. However, your source of love, care, acceptance, and worth come first from Christ then your loved ones, pets, Aunt Juju, Grandma Haita, etc. period. Work is not a place that is supposed to fill our love tank, give us value and warm fuzzies. It’s a paycheck. If you get some relationships, that’s cool. However, once we take that expectation of trying to get something the job was never meant to give, there is freedom. If not, we go from job to job looking for love and acceptance that will never happen. Just saying.
For us that struggle with our emotions. This is huge. “Feelings have no power what so ever. Feelings are not reality and are usually inaccurate most of the time compared to the reality of the situation. Feelings are simply indicators that something is going on with us. I’m feeling rejected or hurt because of an event. It does not mean that the other person intentionally did something to hurt me, people hate me, I’m unlovable, etc. I’m just hurt because of an event, period. Everybody walking this planet, no matter how “in control” they try to act struggles at times with the 3 human needs: the need to be loved, the need to have worth and the need to be accepted. Everybody fears, hides their shame, deals with issues of acceptance, and we want to look good to others. All of us will and have failed. The problem is that we think we are the only ones who have the issues we have and fear that if anyone else knew, they would view us as weak, jacked up, horrible people. We keep hiding the secret that we all share. Then when someone finally has the courage to say, “Hey, guess what happened to me?” Others find they can relate because it is their secret too. That is called healing. That is why I write so that people can see the horrible and tragic things that have moved and I have done in my path yet ,”But God!” Thousands of lives have been changed because of it and taking the secret out of crazy dark.
For us that struggle with hope. What is hope? I love how Dr. Dan Allender puts it… “Hope is a memory of the past for the future.” Hope is remembering your children’s birth, your wedding, times of growing up, times when you know God showed up and provided a miracle, times when that situation happened that you know there should have been no way it could have happened. Hope is recalling those memories during times where we are struggling and cannot see our way and projecting them into the future, KNOWING that if God opened that Red Sea miracle before for us, He will do it again in His time and in His way. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we could ever ask or imagine. Don’t get me started!
I know it’s difficult and you want to give up. It is stupid out there. While I don’t know your situation, I can promise you this from seeing it over and over in my life. At the very point when you think you have lost your mind and all this craziness is coming down on you, stop trying to handle it and fix it and worry about and just tell Him you can’t do it and to help you see what He wants you to see. Baby, God can and will always handle His business because His love for you was certainly worth dying for. Best Daddy ever!
Be Encouraged. He has got your back and He is still in control.
You can do this!
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely
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