Monday, April 27, 2009

Get Back in the Game

I found this piece somewhere I know I did not write it but it was in my outlines. I t is good and very helpful so I thought I would post it to see if it might help one of you.
Sometimes life throws curves at us that take the wind from our sail. If we aren’t careful we can allow the injury to haunt us for life; never regaining what we have lost. Have you lost a job recently? Have you had a business failure? Did you suffer from divorce? Has the person you trusted the most hurt you the deepest? What steps should you take to get back on track and succeed again? Here are a few suggestions to consider during the recovery process:
1. Reconnect with God. This is always a wise idea, but it becomes necessity at times like this.
2. Evaluate your life. Use this time to reevaluate the decisions you have made in life and what got you in the situation you are in today. Are there changes that you need to make? If so, be willing to change. If you did nothing wrong in this case, release yourself from responsibility.
3. Create some new dreams. Don’t allow past mistakes to keep you from discovering your passions in life. Keep those creative forces going in your mind so you’ll be ready when the next big opportunity comes along.
4. Call in the advisors. Others can usually see things we cannot see. They approach our life from a different perspective. Give someone you trust, who has your best interest at heart, access to the painful part of your life.
5. Don’t take your pain and anger out on others. It doesn’t make things better (usually worse) and it hurts people who did nothing to deserve it.
6. Take a break. Don’t expect to recover immediately. Your struggles probably didn’t start overnight and they will not end overnight. Give yourself time to heal.
7. When it’s time, be willing to risk again. Yes, you may get hurt again, but just as life is full of disappointments, it’s also full of joy and discovery. Remember that everyone is not the same and every situation is different. Don’t hold your past experiences against others who weren’t even there.
8. Don’t let failure or disappointment in life to define you. Be defined by God’s love for you and His plan for your life.
9. Do something. Rest yes, but at some point, just do something to stay busy and occupy your mind. It’s true that the “idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. If you lost your job, find somewhere to volunteer until you find another job. If you lost a relationship, find friends through your church to keep from being alone.
10. Get back in the game. Choose your next steps carefully and don’t keep repeating the same mistakes, but at some point it will be time to enjoy life again. Life was not meant to be lived on the sidelines.


D. Porter said...

"Don’t let failure or disappointment in life to define you."

Well, since 2002 the above point is where I have been dwelling. However, I have an existing dream that the Lord may allow me to use to get back into the game. This decision will require input from advisors. I'm not going to force open doors as I have done in the past. Today's blog was for me

bwilber777 said...

Thanks Pastor, it was most needed.