F. REMEMBER THAT THERE IS AN ETERNAL DIMENSION THAT WILL EVENTUALLY OVERSHADOW OUR TEMPORARY EARTHLY EXPERIENCE.
Sometimes we think that this temporary earthly experience will last forever. When we are going through challenging times, it can feel like things cannot or will not ever change. The truth is that our earthly experience is temporary and constantly subject to change. But ultimately we are eternal spiritual beings having a temporary earthly experience and afterwards is the promise of eternal life with God. We should live with a greater consciousness of the eternal than the physical.
2 Corinthians 4:18 ‘So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.‘
IT’S NOT TOO DIFFICULT TO STAY POSITIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
How do you keep positive and trusting, in childlike faith, in these challenging times? Perhaps you have asked yourself this very question. Perhaps it all just seems too difficult. It may be a challenge, but as you apply these suggestions mentioned above, you will discover that it is not too difficult. Each one of us can choose the way we will respond to challenging times. There are positive and negative ways of dealing with all we face. The challenge is to make the right choices within the challenging times. Joseph, in the Bible, lived through years of challenging times, yet in the end he came out on top. We may wonder how he was able to do this, but he was able to make the right choices, choose the right attitudes, and make the most of the situation he found himself in. As a result, we see that God went on to use him in a wonderful way. He was used to save his family, his nation, and a generation and today we remember him for not becoming overwhelmed in challenging times, but for navigating his life, with God’s help, to a place in history. You and I can do the same and God will be faithful, just as He was to Joseph. You can do it – you can stay positive in challenging times.
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