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  • Writer's pictureBrent Woods, MA, LPC

When it all just seems too much...

Lets face it. Life can be hard. You can wake up and just dread the day. You smile and put on this "fake" persona that everything is okay to the outside world, but on the inside you are hurting and broken. Life isn't fair. It doesn't treat everyone fairly.

We life in a very broken and unfair world.

I remember times in my life where I've felt this way, even recently. I look around and see what others have and what I don't. I looks at others who "have it all together" while I'm struggling to make it. The phrase "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" actually does stand true for many situations. But, we find ourselves focused on what "isn't", we actually forget to focus on what "is"....

So what does that mean?

This concept is pretty straightforward. We focus on the here and now. Stop focusing on what "isn't". Right... so then why do we struggle so much with this concept. If we know that its not good to focus on everything that is outside of our control, such as yesterday and tomorrow, then why do we let it get to us. Why do we get so worked up when things happen that cause us to worry about things we cannot control? We cannot control others, so why do we let others get to us so badly? We cannot control family, so why do we let them get to us so badly...

and don't tell me that that doesn't apply to you....

So whats the point here?

The point is that we have to shift focus onto what we know as fact and truth. The Bible tells us in Phillippians 4:6-7 that we should not worry about anything, but instead pray about everything and also tell God what we need, and thank him for what he has done. Then we will be able to experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.

God's peace....

That sounds AMAZING! Godly peace! But how do we get there? How can those of us who constantly stress and worry actually accomplish this? While I don't have a very straightforward answer to that question that is a "cookie cutter" answer, I can say this. We tend to worry about things that when you really take a step back and look at it, just seems plain silly.

I know...I'm stalling....I'm getting there. Hang on!

Here is the point. How big is our God? Is our God a inside the box kind of God, or is our God a supernatural kind of God that is capable of supernatural things. We have to accept that we live in a broken world. Things happen. Sometimes things just don't turn out how we think they would. But that's not the end. Thats the beginning. Because thats when God can step in and say "watch what I can do!". Is He a God who moves a mole hill or a God who moves the mountains? He is the God who can provide Godly peace, but we have to be at a place where we can listen and hear Him. Doing this doesn't mean it will be easy. The Bible

never says it will be easy, but it will be worth it!


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