Remember When Life Gets Hard
We’ve all had days when life doesn’t seem to go our way. Sometimes those days turn into weeks or months, leaving us lost in a season where our world feels off track and out of balance.
We want more, but we get less.
We want this, but we get that.
We want there, but we get here.
From jobs and finances to relationships and illness, there are times we will feel powerless, and while we don’t always choose our external circumstances, we can choose how we respond to them.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~Maya Angelou
This weekend I watched the movie Loving, about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fell in love and married in 1958, violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law.
They were arrested and sentenced to one year in prison, but the ruling was suspended on the condition they leave Virginia and not return for 25 years.
Soon after the Lovings moved to D.C., Mildred wrote the Attorney General for help, who referred them to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU took their case to the Supreme Court where the Supreme Court Justices unanimously voted that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were, in fact, unconstitutional.
Mildred Loving didn’t choose the external circumstance she faced, but she responded to it and used that hardship to open the door to an opportunity that would impact not only her life, but the lives of many others.
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis
Most of us won’t face such extreme circumstances as did the Lovings, but we will face hardships of our own, and they might feel just as unfair and overwhelming.
Here are a few things we can remember during the difficult times.
1- Hardships Won’t Last Forever
The heartache from a lost love, the budget stretched beyond your income, and the loneliness you feel in the darkness won’t last forever.
Just like rain doesn’t last forever, the sunshine will once again emerge. We need to have rainy days to cleanse the earth from daily grime and wash away the dust of society.
2- Your Setback Is The Platform For Your Comeback
Sometimes life knocks you down and tries to place limits on you. It’s in those times we need to muster the strength to get back up, reevaluate the current situation and take another swing at it.
Consider the toddler who learned to walk. It doesn’t matter how many times they fell; it only matters how many times they got back up and tried again. With determination and a lot of frustration they not only learn to walk, they learn to run, jump and skip. They never think to themselves, maybe this isn’t possible.
3- Realize You’re Not Alone
It is easy to isolate ourselves when life gets hard, but we need to remember that no matter what we are going through, there are people who can help. Some have walked the path we are just entering, and they will understand what we’re feeling.
We were never meant to go through life alone. It is just as important to reach out and ask for help as it is to reach out and help someone else. It is so easy for most of us to extend a helping hand to others, but we are reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves.
When times get hard, and you feel overwhelmed or discouraged remember this:
“Yesterday isn’t tomorrow’s final word.” ~Andrew Munoz
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