I’m picturing so vividly a time in my life when I tried to do everything on my own. I’m not referring to making my bed in the morning or getting all my assignments done in time, but I mean trying to fix every problem that came my way. If you haven’t already figured it out, the life you’re living doesn’t owe you a thing. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be constantly thriving. With that being said, how exactly did you react to your last bad break up? Or maybe you lost your job– how did you handle that?
For me personally, I can finally say that I’ve figured it out. If you had asked me a few years ago how to handle a bad break up, I’d quickly reel off a complete list of ways you can take the time to “work on you.” The truth of the matter is, there are tons of self help books out there that stress on the importance of rebuilding your self esteem and confidence that you may have lost in a couple of bad relationships plus a handful of failed friendships. Now while there is nothing wrong with promoting self love, the problem comes into play when it becomes an obsession with self. These books and articles give so much power to self that we forget the most important piece to the puzzle.
Psalm 55:22 states that we should cast our burdens on the Lord and he will sustain us.
It seems as though we try to gain so much control over our circumstances rather than simply learning to depend on the one who is allowing us to experience the circumstance to begin with. I’ve learned how vital it is to change my entire remedy for challenges I face. I can’t fix it on my own and neither can you. The sooner we learn to appreciate the mercy and love that we are at liberty to in Christ, the sooner we’ll experience the true process of healing. How can you be broken, yet try to fix yourself? You can’t do it on your own. Only God can heal, mend and restore once we give him full reign.
There is absolutely no greater feeling than knowing that God is literally extending his arms ready and willing to take your burdens off your back. His love for us is so pure and unwavering that he promises to comfort us in the midst of every trial we endure. Knowing we have a God like this, why do we try to take matters in our own hands so much? The self help concept can only take you so far until you recognize that there is still a major void in your life. You can sit and listen to countless videos telling you how to value yourself while simultaneously reading numerous books outlining how important it is for you to love yourself. But how much does this really help you in the long run?
I have a far better solution — The secret to handling any and every hardship. Turn to Christ. He is powerful enough to eradicate every ounce of pain in your life, yet gentle enough to comfort you in your time of need. We hear all the time that it is impossible to love someone else without first loving yourself. But today, I propose to you that it is also impossible to love yourself, without first loving Christ. Try him today and watch your life transform.
Until Next Time…