In the middle of daily living, hasty words and impetuous behavior can land us in unforeseen conflict and leave us with a barrow-full of guilt. Stepping back, we can’t believe we acted in such an ungracious manner and said those unconsidered words.
Tired and sick, discouraged and depressed, we drown our sorrows in hours of TV drivel, video gaming, web surfing, or any number of mind numbing pursuits not to mention pain killing drugs (illegal or prescription), alcohol, or illicit relationships.
Nobody sets out to sabotage life with unhealthy choices. It just happens.
All of us have been in that place of despair where feeling bad tips the scale of life way out of whack. Negative perceptions are powerful motivators shoving us toward futile, self absorbed decisions. What’s a body to do?
Cry out to the Lord. The first line of defense is to cry out to the Lord. He hears those who cry out for help. AND he helps them. He has promised never to leave you or forsake you. No place exists; there is never an hour of the day; there are no circumstances where he is not with you. No matter what, cry out to the Lord.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6
I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, Psalm 142:5
A second line of defense is to have a creed of principles you are committed to live by. In those crazy times when emotions are pelted with pain, living by principle gives you solid ground to regain your footing.
Be a person of principle. Principles keep you on an even keel. Principles guide you in a known and predictable direction. A person of principle doesn’t have to vacillate with every challenge. Principles are the North Star, the GPS, the guiding light when life suddenly gets stormy.
A little over ten years ago, I began to articulate my personal life principles. I wish I had done it much sooner. I want to share my life principles with you, my friends.
So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise