Holding onto former things is a familiar trap for most, if not all of us. That first step after the loss of a job, loved-one, home, and much more can seemingly be a huge leap. Consequently, when the situation turns for the better we can become callous to the needs of others.
The lessons we learn through apparent losses can invite fear of being without. From the accumulation of these experiences-at times we are tempted to look back. As the gaze of our attention is drawn away from what is happening we lose the capacity to enjoy our lives. Meanwhile the seconds, minutes, hours, and days turn to years. And it is this break from “right now” that keeps us from being and becoming our true selves.
The problem here is you cannot grab hold of who you are to be if your mind and heart are lost in who you were and what you no longer have.
Trust that God will always provide a way through our darkest times. Make the choice to not miss out on what is left. Ask God to open your heart to receive His Love and emotional healing that exists every minute of each day and have faith that He will do it.
In the book of Genesis God asked Adam, “Where are you?” He was not in the right place spiritually. Ask God to open your eyes to see where you are. If you do this, you may realize that the cares of the world have caused you to drift into darkness, but Jesus is the Light of the World.” His words and Holy Spirit will be your guide.
In Trying Not to Lose, Dr. David Jeremiah implores us to “choose to live by faith and not lose by fear.” What a way to open each day in this New Year. You and I can put this into practice by ensuring our works are aligned with our faith.
The world would have us believe that our things are gained by our own hands, therefore our works should only be used for personal advancement. This type of thinking corrupts our mind, installs us as the driving force in our lives and allows greed to enter in.
The bible tells us to give clothing and food to the poor rather than simply offering words of encouragement. We are also reminded of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. These examples found in James chapter 2 regarding faith with works involve us, other people, and what God has given to us. No matter the perceived value of our resources-God, the giver of every good thing is much greater. Our works are significant as they proclaim whose we are and what we believe.
“You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone” (James 2:24).
Increasing my sensitivity to the needs of others has helped me be more resilient in life. Of course, giving to another person will not always feel easy. Just take one day at a time. Let God help you cast aside those past disappointments and anxiety about the future that hold you back.