Christian author and motivational speaker Barbara Johnson once said, “When you’re in a jam, good friends will bring you bread with peanut butter on it.”
This week’s story was inspired by two friends who are currently going through two separate and very hard times in their lives. To them, my heart goes out to them and they‘re in my prayers always. And my heart goes out to you, dear reader, if your life has unexpectedly been turned upside down. If that be the case, this week’s story is for you, too.
Sometimes, it’s hard to give people the right words to say, even in my line of work. All I can do is share my own life experiences and pray someone who’s going through something terrible will get something out of my words they need.
There were various times in my own life where blissful joy was evident. Then, there were those seasons that weren’t so sunny. These were times I thought the world had come to an end, and I‘m not talking about little things. I mean the “mother load had arrived”-type of crisis that convinced me I wouldn’t live to see the end of the pitch black tunnel.
Let me assure you of one thing, you who are hurting. I thought I was right by the outcome, that I would ball up and die because it was too terrible to cope with. These even appeared too impossible for me to pull out of the grave life seemed to have dug me.
I was wrong about one thing. I’m not dead, I’ve seen the end, and the best part is I’m still here, above ground and walking in the sun. I’m writing this, aren’t I?
Let me assure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep on walking and know there’s one. It’s kind of like stepping out on pure faith. Faith itself doesn’t work unless we know it will, instead of waiting for that good feeling we get that assures us it’ll happen.
Trust me, my friends, whether it’s related to your beliefs, a life-long dream, or some means of success, faith will never happen unless you walk through the fire even when you don’t feel like it. If you want to get out of bed and focus on getting your life back together, you have to actually get out of bed and do it anyway.
If you want to feel better, sometimes it helps to make someone else feel better, including yourself.
When you do this and climb out of the shallow grave life’s dug for you, you’ll then see that you haven‘t missed the finish line.
Instead, it’s been waiting there with friends and family who’ll be there waiting with open arms when you finally cross and claim your victory.