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Monday, October 8th, '18

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IT'S NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK

"...If I should say, I have hope..." (Ruth 1:12)

 

Naomi's very name suggests "pleasant" but after losing her two sons she urged her old friends to call her Mara which means "bitter". Why the name change and the long face? Because "the Lord hath dealt very bitterly with me" (vs 20). Ruth and Orpah gave her a pep talk seeking to cheer the mother-in-law up but Naomi drowned their encouragement by grumbling, "If I should say, I have hope then..." Rather than get her hopes up and have them shattered she chose rather to keep God, life and all others at arm's length. "Just call me bitter...I have every right to be".

 

Counseling normally involves empathy but occasionally it requires reverse psychology. It's not as bad as you think. That sounds crude but it is generally true. The man with no shoes complained until he saw the man with no feet. It could be worse. I invite you to think five statements through with me:

         Your emotions are not as fragile as you think

         Your life is not as futile as you think

         Your future is not as fearful as you think

         Your mistakes are not as fatal as you think

         Your situation is not as final as you think

 

Hearts can and do break. People cry. Life is fragile so handle with care. But even through grief, heartache, rejection, pain and loss we recover. The bone is normally stronger after the break. There is something in the calcification that conquers damage. You are not as fragile as you think. Futility? You think you do not matter? God created and sponsored you and I guarantee He doesn't sponsor flops. The future is uncertain as much for you as for the other guy. Please remember that God is eternal. He already lives out in the future that we are racing toward. Nothing can take Him by surprise because He sees the end from the beginning. Nothing can get to us without going through Him first. Your future is not as fearful as you think.

 

The mistakes? There have been some semesters that I received straight F's on the report card - failure, flaws, faults, feuds, fears, factions. The fact that someone has failed does not make them a failure. Failure is never fatal, so long as we learn from the mistake. The first step in learning how to snow ski is learning how to fall. Falling is a key part in skiing. No one qualifies for the Olympics their first trip to Vail, or their fiftieth. A just man "falls seven times, and rises up again" (Proverbs 23:16). Your mistakes are not as fatal as you think. You are still hire-able, marry-able, loveable, usable, desirable. And as to the last statement, your situation is not as final as you think. Dead-end job, dead-end marriage, dead-end street; you only die at the dead-end when you capitulate to circumstance and, like Naomi, quit hoping. "If I should say, I have hope then..." Resigning from a job is not resignation from life. You may have to reinvent yourself. It may take some college courses, an image change, you might need to plant some flowers, but it ain't over till it's over. While you're breathing you must keep believing. Someone else is in traction tonight. Someone lost their home in that Florida fire. It could be worse...it will be better.


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