Owning the problem?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When things are looking hopeless for you, are you able to keep going despite what appears to be gloom and doom? Or are you able to catch your breath, focus on the problem, and just keep on digging until you get where you want to go?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I’ve longed believed that the reason we so often become negative in this life about things is that we lose sight of what could be if only we allow ourselves to own it. I was watching one of our little Dachshund dogs, Frodo, the other day as he dug and dug at a hole he was trying to cut under our enclosure run fence. He kept digging despite the time it took or the immediate prospects his digging had of getting him where he wanted to go–under the fence and away to freedom. Nevertheless, he just kept on digging frantically. He’d look up and, spying freedom on the other side, he’d go back to working as hard as he had done before. That little look up was all that it took to keep him on his mission despite what looked to me to be a hopeless situation.

When things are looking hopeless for you, are you able to keep going despite what appears to be gloom and doom? Or, like Frodo, are you able to catch your breath, look back down into your problem and ahead at the goal, and just keep on digging until you get where you want to go?

Here’s a story: “A man was driving home from work one day and spied a Little League game in progress on a local diamond. With a little time on his hands, he stopped to watch the baseball game. As he sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, he asked one of the boys standing behind the backstop what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile. “Really,” the man said, looking around at dozens of smiling faces. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.” The little boy shrugged his shoulders and looked at the man with a quizzical smile. “Discouraged?” He asked? He turned and pointed to his fellow teammates out in the playing field. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t even been up to bat yet.” (Author unknown.)

When you think about it, you and I tend to be quitters rather than persevering Christians. We see the darkness quickly, and are just as quick to throw in the towel. Why? Just like that little leaguer was confident that once he and his teammates got a chance to bat things would change, we should be equally confident that if we keeping digging, just like little Frodo, we might actually have a chance. Keeping a positive attitude about life, even when the odds against success seem daunting, is the key to finding and giving true happiness in this life. God doesn’t want us to quit when things aren’t going the way we want them to. Always keep this in mind; he is on our side, and if we haven’t even been up to bat yet, who knows what we can accomplish?

We pray. Heavenly Father, in every need let me come to you with humble trust saying, "Jesus, help me.” In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, help me. In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, help me. In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, help me. When others fail me and your grace alone can assist me, help me. When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, help me. In spite of weakness and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus, help me and never forsake me. Let me own my life always in search of your help. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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