With Christmas right around the corner, this is the time of year a lot of people anticipate. They love the extra time spent with family, finding the perfect gift for their loved ones, and reflecting on the last twelve months while planning for the coming year.
However, many don’t feel that way.
I was in the car recently with my sons and in between listening to Christmas music, the radio DJ started sharing how December is the highest month for suicide and prescriptions filled for anti-depressants. They stated the reason is many feel lonely because of the lack of family or friends, pressure from financial stress, and realizing their life is not what they wanted it to be.
Can you relate?
Do you look at the highlight reel of those around you and allow that to cause your heart to grow envious of their life? You crave to belong to a family like theirs. You desire to have similar possessions and vow you would appreciate them more. You wish you could smile as much as them but the weight of your yesterday’s prevent you from doing so.
Friend, can I encourage you on something: If you don’t like the story of your life- God can write your next chapter.
Your yesterday’s don’t have to define your tomorrows. If you’re ashamed, let down, or disappointed in the days behind you- know the word of God says His mercies are new every morning. Every day can be your tomorrow if you stop living in your yesterday’s.
If this last year was full of sickness and disease- next year doesn’t have to be. If the last 365 days have been full of financial difficulties- the next 365 days doesn’t have to be. If loneliness had a strong hold on every holiday and special occasion the past 12 months- the next 12 doesn’t have to be.
While what happened in your past or whatever is going on currently cannot be undone and forgotten- God does forgive, provide breakthroughs, and healing.
There’s one person’s past, present, and future that says who you are, defines you and places the worth on your life and that is Jesus Christ.
You are who He says you are and that’s: chosen, called, bought with a high price, above not beneath, the head and not the tail, forgiven, loved, and set free.
There’s a difference between knowing of scripture through your time in church or bible studies versus scripture dwelling in you richly from your time studying it and living it out in your life.
The Word of God is powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and alive. When you’re facing situations that seem impossible to overcome you will find others in scripture who were facing similar and see how God was with them the entire time and brought them through it.
When you dealing with feelings of worthlessness and loneliness you will read scripture that tells you your worth and value.
Knowing what the Word of God says and praying scripture over your life circumstances and over the lies in your head will build your faith, break down the walls, and set you free.
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
There have been plenty of seasons that I’ve looked back on in life wishing I could have done things differently, handled certain situations better, or just walked away from it. Hindsight will always give you knowledge, but Christ gives you wisdom.
If you’re wishing your life could be different or you’re saddened that you’re not where you thought you would be, be encouraged knowing that scripture says if you commit your work to the Lord-it will be successful.
Whatever dream you have, whatever goals you’re facing- choose every day that whatever work you are currently doing, to commit it to the Lord. Work hard to honor Him, even if you’re not enjoying the work you currently have. Doing it out of a heart of honor will bring you joy.
Trust God to guide your steps that will lead you to your dream. That doesn’t mean you won’t make mistakes, encounter setbacks or heartbreaks. But, what it does mean is God will take your work, build you up, bring out the good, and make it successful to bring Him glory.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
Friend, if you’re struggling this time of the year for the reasons I’ve listed or for any other reason, know that I am praying for you. I’m praying for the Lord to fill your heart with His love, to fill your mind with His truth, and to fill your life with purpose.
I’m believing with you that your best days are ahead of you.