Deuteronomy 1:12 - But how can I bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself?
“Where is the fun in life?” If you find yourself asking that question it may be that you’ve closed yourself off from the world. Getting together with friends or family on a regular basis is not just fun, but also helps to improve your mental health. Even God’s Word says: “Psalm 68:6 - God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” He knows we need each other. Do you find yourself cut off from the world? How do you find your way back home?
Psalm 55:22 - Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
Sometimes I feel it’s my job to try to fix all the problems around me. Anxiety rises within and weighs down my heart. It’s not part of my job description to fix everyone. It’s my job to turn not only my circumstance but those of others’ to God. Only he can “fix” things. Do you struggle with thinking it’s your job to fix things?
2 Corinthians 10:18 - For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Feeling like you have worth and value can be a lifetime struggle. You start out your day feeling pretty good about yourself, but then a detour hits and you spend the day stuck in traffic running around rabbit holes instead. Your boss comes to you asking where the report was that he asked you for in the morning and you don’t have an answer. If he’s a supportive boss he may take the time to ask what happened. But he’s on a deadline, too. So he proceeds to belittle you and say that if he can’t trust you to meet your deadlines he can always find a replacement. Down goes your feelings of worth and value. But all is not lost, my friend. If you remember who you are in Christ and how much he loves you then whether you are able to keep your job or lose it, you know God is the one who commends your efforts regardless of the outcome. Do you struggle not to let other people diminish how you feel about yourself?
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.