How to Handle Life’s challenges
By Joel Buckner on 30 Jun, 2016
I used to think that life was this perfect world where everything went as planned. I would be married, have my own psychology office, and would have banked my first million by the age of 25. Well none of that happened. Actually, my road has been very rocky going from one challenge to the next. One thing I have learned is that no one is exempt from the challenges of life. Challenges in your finances, relationships, school, family, co-workers – no one is exempt.
Looking back, I realize that these challenges were opportunities of growth. You are probably thinking, “it is not that easy”. And honestly it’s not! However, the challenges of today are the training ground for the successes of tomorrow. As you go through these challenges, there are a few supplements you should have a dose of each day: prayer, praise and worship, and encouragement.
It’s through prayer that we receive answers, direction, and strategy for life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are encouraged to pray continually – not that you are praying from sun up to sun down, but that you maintain constant communication with the source. Praying gets the focus off of you and onto the God who can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or imagine. Therefore, we seek God first, as an act of humble submission to Him and acknowledge Him as the source of the power that can change situations and alter circumstances.
Praise and Worship
Praise and worship is often thought of as the first 15 minutes of service, but it’s so much more than that. Both praise and worship should be apart of your daily lifestyle. Even while going through a rough time you can be reminded of His presence by listening to worship music, meditating on His goodness, and by having an attitude of thankfulness. Worship gets you into God’s presence, focusing on Him and not the situation. This is how we honor Him; not only with our song, but also with a life that says, “God, you are able!”
When facing a difficulty, it is important to have a community of support. No one can face the challenges of life on their own. It’s comforting to have someone stand in faith with you. One thing we always say at NCC is that we are “designed for community”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourages us to build one another up. As we are building up one another in conversation, God may provide the answer we’re seeking. There have been many times where people have shared their testimony with me, and their words would be just what I needed to overcome that day.
We have real circumstances and a real enemy, but our God is also real and He is greater than every problem and any enemy. We must keep our eyes set on Him – the greater One. Through worship, prayer, and encouragement, our lives are transformed and our circumstances become opportunities.