His eyes were tearing up while he shared his story. A story we have heard before. Trying hard to hold down two jobs. Twenty years in the prison system. Wife addicted to crack cocaine. He tries his best to keep her inside the house in order to keep her away from the neighborhood predators. Health problems. Car problems. All of this is overwhelming. He’s trying hard to keep focused- but it’s really hard. He looses his cool sometimes and lashes out. He struggles to stay on the right side. Things are not fair. He’s tired. He’s VERY tired.
Life is hard. We have a tendency to put pressure on ourselves for our failures. Our mistakes. I shared with this guy that the Lord has given us a great design to help us handle these failures.
Every morning, the sun comes up and it’s a new day. Each day is an opportunity to forget about yesterday and do it right today. And if you fail again, you can try again tomorrow. We get a “do over” every single day.
Some days are magnificent. Everything just falls into place. Smiles. Laughter. Family. Hope.
Some days are tough. Really tough. You just want to crawl in a hole and wait for it to end.
Then the sun comes up again!
What a great design- huh? If our lives were one really long day we couldn’t do it. We would get completely overwhelmed. We would be discouraged. Beaten down and unable to recover.
I encourage him. I told him the stay focused on what is good. Don’t be deceived by the enemy who is trying to hold you down. Keep fighting the good fight. Don’t listen to those voices that are trying to make you feel hopeless. You have much to be thankful for. You ARE making it. You CAN find your way out of this.
You get a do over. Every single day. You can put yesterday behind you and look forward to a new day of promise, opportunity, and hope. He designed it this way. Don’t look back. He made a way for you to recharge and refocus.
He makes all things new!