This has to be one of the toughest emotions to deal with. You get knocked down by someone or something, and the next thing you know your mind plays head games with you. That's usually the devil, or the itty-bitty committee, as we call it, that is trying to dominate your reaction to the situation.
Tuesday I had one of those days, wrote down 75 vehicles to buy and ended up with 1. It was as if I had walked into the middle of a frenzy, nothing was going right. I left there a beaten man, all that effort and no results. I'm sure you can relate.
But, I must admit, The Lord has shown me where to find the strength to rebound, to wipe off the aroma of defeat and put on the hope of a better day. I read this in Proverbs:
"If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength."
Made me think of John the Baptist, Paul in jail, the disciples as they watched their Messiah die....they were down, but not out. Momentarily they suffered but the hope of faith and enduring a temporary setback help build character. That is something I totally lacked in younger using days.
So after reading the Proverb, I rebounded quite nicely the last two days, The Lord sustained me. Now I think, why would I ever let that committee meet in my head when all I had to do was cancel the meeting and go read a good wise book?
Down, but never out...He made us to love redemption!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.