Life is hard. In fact, sometimes, it feels like five elephants and a Mac truck are sitting on our shoulders. Who can bear up under all that?
Not a measly human being – like me. Like you. We weren’t created to take all that stress.
In fact, we weren’t created to have to deal with stress at all. Our Creator intended for us to live in a Perfect World where everything ran according to his Incredible Design.
But we messed it up. Sometimes I think that’s what human beings do the best – make a disaster out of awesomeness.
Life will press in on you with more problems than you can handle. When that happens, there is a three-step remedy.
Step One: Give Up
What? Did this crazy woman tell me to give up when I’m overwhelmed by my life?
Yep. Give up on yourself.
“Our trouble…pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life” says the Apostle Paul in his second letter to the church at Corinth (2 Corinthians 1:8). Sound like he might have been a tad overwhelmed?
Ever been to that point when the pressure is so much you think it might kill you? That’s exactly where Paul was. And he said the answer was to stop trusting in himself (2 Corinthians 2:9).
That’s right. Give up on thinking you can handle this situation. Stop pretending you’ve got what it takes to get through this tornado standing tall.
Step Two: Look Up
“We should trust…in God which raiseth the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9) says Paul.
If you’re down, it’s time to look up. To Heaven, where Jesus waits to intercede for you at God’s right hand.
If he can defeat death, whatever problem you’re facing (and it might be death) isn’t too much for him to handle.
Paul was so confident of God that he said God had “delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in who we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10). Things were rough in Paul’s life. But he knew whatever problem he was facing, he could depend on God to solve it.
Step Three: Pair Up
In the next verse, Paul thanks the people he’s writing for praying for him and helping him, because that was one way God delivered him from some of the issues he faced.
We aren’t meant to be alone. That’s why God made a companion for Adam within hours of his creation. It wasn’t good for the guy to be alone.
We need help from other believers when things are rough. If we pretend everything is okay, we can’t get this assistance.
If you were on a sinking ship, would you get in the lifeboat? Would you grab on to the Coast Guard’s lifeline? Maybe let a helicopter pull you out on nothing but a cable?
Sure, you would. So why do we insist on swimming to shore when we’re drowning in the ocean of our trials?
“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2
Rather than bear up beneath a crushing load, we need to pair up with someone who Jesus sends alongside us. In that way, both of us can be blessed.
The next time life gets you down, remember these three simple steps: Give up, look up and pair up. God promises to deliver you.