Proverbs 12:26 - A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The true meaning of being a friend is a two-sided relationship where one person doesn’t grasp the other’s hand too tightly. There can be a burnout period if our friends feel like we’re draining them instead of encouraging and filling them up. Friends are important in our lives, but we must be careful to not wear out our welcome. Work towards making your relationships two-sided then you can give strength to each other and make the bond of that friendship grow and stay alive. Do you have one-sided or two-sided relationships? What do you do to keep your friendships from suffering burnout? Let’s talk about it.
Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Emotional pain caused by the actions of others can linger if we’re not careful. One of the reasons why it sticks around is because you don’t deal with the source of your pain. Whether it’s unforgiveness or anger over another person’s actions we have to make a choice: Either run from the emotional pain or deal with it. Rise up to the challenge and deal with it head-on. God will help you find a way to take his courage and use it on the situation. Do you struggle with the inability to deal with the source of your pain? Let’s talk about it.
1 Corinthians 2:3 - I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.
You tried to do something simple, but your body was too weak to complete the task. You get angry. You feel like a failure. You feel weak and feeble. All you can think about is how you let everyone down. If you want to change your mood, you need to change what you’re thinking. Your weakness can be turned into your strength. You’re failure can be turned around to a place where you can learn to do life differently. Your anger can be turned into a feeling of fulfillment as you share your story with someone else who needs encouragement in their weakness. Try to focus on what you can do. It’s okay if you need to ask someone else to complete the task you were trying to do. Maybe it could be an open door to developing stronger relationships with others. Do you ever feel like a failure when your body is weak and unable to complete a task? Do you believe you’re always letting everyone down? Let’s see if we can turn that around. Join the discussion.
Exodus 33:14 - The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
When you are upset, do you ever notice how a part of your body starts to hurt? Well, it turns out that pain receptors in the brain see emotional and physical pain the same way. So here’s another reason to let go and rest the situation in God’s hands. It’s not necessarily always easy, but the end result will bring you peace. Do you become upset often? Does your body hurt when you do? Let’s talk about the difficult circumstances we face and together we can move through the situation.
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.