Well, good for you!
That’s where we become willing to make hard choices,
where we finally decide
to do something to change our situation.
Another word for this place is crisis,
the place where a turn must be made,
or for worse.
“But wait!” you say,
“I certainly don’t need something worse!”
At this point we become willing to listen.
Three times in scripture we're told,
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.” 1
What does it mean to be humble?
It means that we are well aware of our limitations.
We realize that we are not God
and that we desperately need Him.
Our panic breaks down the barriers of pride and self-sufficiency
so that we cry out for help,
hollering like a desperate child.
In mid-April I taught two workshops at the CMTA Convention in Pasadena:
Secrets to Thriving in a Stressful World
and Strategy for Saving Our Society.
The classes’ engagement and affirming responses encouraged me,
but attention and agreement will not be enough to change their lives--
either by helping them deal more effectively with stress
or by increasing their impact on society.
Which attendees will benefit deeply from what they heard?
The ones who have truly reached the end of their rope,
the ones who say,
“I’ve had enough!
I’m going to do whatever it takes
to improve my life
(or my society)!
What about you?
If you still believe you can do it yourself,
God will let you do it your way.
But what if you’re ready to cry out to God?
If so, you can be sure God will give you grace,
both the desire and the ability to do His will.
With God’s grace at work in you,
He’ll guide you in the way that will set you free
to be the person He meant you to be.
The Lord will give you strength to follow His plan,
enabling you to take one step at a time
toward living your life to the full.2
If you would like to see what this kind of desperation looks like,
you might like to read my novels--
Hannah’s Promise and Transformed in Bethany.
In these books many readers have found timeless treasures,
insights that shine wisdom into their own life situations.
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1 Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5 and James 4:6
2 John 10:10