When I decided that God wanted me to buck the status quo and change my over-trying and kowtowing, I felt scared. That’s an understatement—I felt sick to my stomach every morning for months. To help defuse the fear, I would ask myself, In this situation, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
Depending on the circumstances, I responded with answers similar to these: I could make a mistake. I might not succeed. My husband may withdraw. I might not make enough money. I could do something wrong and look ill prepared. (Perish the thought!) Others might disapprove. Somebody might even yell.
Then I asked, Would that be the end of the world? To be honest, it sometimes felt like it would be. Yet I had come too far to give up merely because it seemed difficult, confusing or scary. Eventually my answer became, I guess not. I know God accepts and loves me no matter what.
What made the underlying difference was this belief: Although today I face disappointment, frustration, unmet needs, pain or rejection, I have assurance of better things to come. Life isn’t always fair or fun. I may cry sometimes now, yet one day I’ll know complete satisfaction and joy with Jesus in heaven.
How about you? What New Year’s goal are you about ready to pitch? How can knowing that Jesus is your Ultimate Hope help you keep going through the hard stuff?
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” Luke 6:20-21
Adapted from It’s a Wonderful (Imperfect) Life by Joan C. Webb