Over the past three weeks, we have been in a series called “Shattered; When Life Falls to Pieces.” This past Sunday, we saw the life of Job and talked about living in the land of Uz.
All of us have a shattered experience that we can speak of. We all have been disappointed and frustrated by the circumstances of our lives. I would never pretend to know exactly what you are going through. I wouldn’t dare to assume that I understand your unique set of circumstances or the pain and confusion you are feeling right now. But, I do know pain, I know hurt; frustration; sadness; dark times; and even depression. I have personally experienced shattered dreams, bad decisions, bumps and major roadblocks.
I have caused many of my shattered experiences myself. That really hurts! I have also been on the end where someone elses decisions or responses have caused major heartache, and the pieces went everywhere. I have been stuck in a rut, in a hole, and felt like I could not climb out. There was a time in my life a little over 5 years ago when I wore my pajamas every day for months. I have lived in the “funk and fog.”
I also came to that fork in the road, you know, that critical crossroad where you know you can’t figure it all out or you really can’t do anything about your circumstances, but you can make a decision. A decision that says “I’m tired of being this way, feeling this way, and living this way.” I’m tired of being sick and tired. I’m fed up with life as it is. Then do something about it!
Let me give you five things that you need to do to start fresh.
1. Throw yourself at Jesus
· Surrender everything you are, everything you hope to be, confess, repent, experience his cleansing, and forgiveness. Trust Jesus to give you a new start.
2. Constantly renew your mind
· Feed your mind the right things every day. Read, pray, listen to sermons, get a healthy diet of good things in your life.
3. Spend time with positive, faith-filled people
· Who you associate with will be extremely important. Who you hang around or do not hang around with will “make or break you”. Surround yourself with positive, faith-filled people. It will make a difference!
4. Know that God is working
· Knowing that God is working causes you to trust, to depend on Him. God is not finished… what He starts, He finishes. He is molding you and sculpting you into a trophy of grace.
5. Share your story
· Tell others how faithful God has been. Tell them how He worked in your life. Don’t waste your pain.
I want to hear from you. In a hundred words or less, share with me how God has worked in your life. I will chose two of you and send you a free CD set of my Shattered series. We Need Your Address!