My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there a way to turn discouragement into something good? Unwilling to let discouragement use her, Alice opted instead to use the discouragement to help herself to the LORD’S blessings. How can that work for you?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
The worst thing about living with discouragement is that it slowly strangles hope. At first it doesn’t seem that bad. Yet, as time works its way with us and discouragement hardens like quickset concrete, our emotions become tightly held within its deadly grip. First there is sorrow, then regret, followed by anger and, when the dust settles, the near impenetrable emotion of bitterness. We look back over our lives and wonder how we got there. Over time we erect an emotional wall to protect our feelings; a wall that also keeps us from finding hope in our discouragement.
Is there any way to avoid bitterness? Worse yet, can bitterness be overcome at all?
Author Keith Miller writes. “I’ll never forget Alice’s face. We were in a small group of adults, and were getting acquaint- ed by going around the room, each of us telling something about our childhood. She spoke hesitantly: “When I was little, I was put in an orphanage. “One day I was told a family was coming to take me home with them. “So I went with this family – a happy little girl. A few months later, however, I skipped home from school and ran in the front door of the big old house we lived in. No one was home, but there in the middle of the front hall was my battered old suitcase with my little coat thrown over it. As I stood there it dawned on me what it meant: they didn’t want me!” Then Alice cleared her throat and said almost matter-of-factly, “That happened to me seven times before I was 13 years old. Don’t feel sorry for me,” she said with a genuinely happy smile. “I needed my past. You see – it brought me to God.” (Keith Miller)
Discouragement. Is there a way to turn it into something good? Unwilling to let discouragement use her, Alice opted instead to use the discouragement to help herself to the LORD’S blessings. She used her bitterness to work for her. Her past life, one filled with sorrow and great disappointment, became the springboard for a new life in Christ that awaited her if she took her bitterness and pounded it into hope. If trials and sorrows have brought you to a state of bitterness, don’t despair. Like Alice you can turn the bitter into the sweet by merely processing it through the spiritual mill of godly prayer. Turn your bitter thoughts over to God today and find out what blessings await you in His outstretched hands.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, when life and circumstances pin us to the wall of our emotions, we often find bitterness waiting there to sooth our insecurities and calm our fears. We sink into bitterness so easy because it is easy. We push others away from us hurting them. We pull others towards us, with the goal of dropping a bitterness bomb on them. Forgive us Father when we retreat to bitterness when life deals us an emotional blow that we just aren’t able to handle. Help us Father by Your Holy Spirit to calm our fears and increase our hope through prayer and meditation based on Your Word to us in the Holy Scriptures. Grant us the peace and the the grace we need to shine brightly, even when the world around us seems so dark. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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