Featured in the January, 2011 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Yes, we all have problems! Sometimes these difficulties become overwhelming and we wonder if we need to get some help. But counseling is expensive and remember the “counselor” is not a trouble-free person who has solved all of his problems!
Here are some suggestions that may save you some money and some time:
Distance – If your house is on fire, you not only get out of it, but also away from it.
If you can put some space between yourself and your problem, you will find that it will get smaller. If you get far enough away from a pesky mosquito, you can’t even see it.
You can put distance between yourself and your problem by distracting yourself as you think about other things. Read carefully Philippians 4:8 and then put what you read into practice. It works!
Less Talk – Talk less about your problem or not at all. Talking about your difficulty may sometimes make it bigger than it is. Discussion may be pouring fertilizer on your problem.
However, sometimes it is helpful to get a matter “off your chest”. But you need not pay someone $100 for 50 minutes merely to listen to you. Talk to your cat who will be most attentive. My neighbor has a considerate cat. Whenever I’m sitting in my lawn chair in the yard, he wanders over to see if I have anything to say to him.
Temporary – Whatever the present catastrophe is, it will sooner or later pass away. It may be much later, but it is guaranteed to be temporary. The Scripture clearly says, “What is seen is temporary” (II Corinthians 4:18). “If heaven and earth will pass away” (Revelation 21:1), then, certainly whatever is bugging you at the present time will also vanish.
Laugh – He who has a sense of humor really has a lot of sense. It is possible to take life too seriously. If your enemies try to make you cry, fool them by laughing at them. No one who laughs out loud is stressed out. You may need a comedian, instead of a counselor.
Serve – There is not a person alive who does not have enough problems that if he continually thinks on them will be overwhelmed by them.
Pour out your life for others and your problems will move to the margin of your life and cause you a minimum of difficulty.
Read very carefully I Corinthians 4:11, and also II Corinthians 11:23-28.
Could anyone walking on this earth have more troubles than the apostle Paul? How did he survive?
He did not deny his difficulties, but neither did he dote on them. He rose above them by serving Jesus and other people.
And so can you.