The world is full of troubles and heartache, ups and downs, happy times and sad times, like, for example, the untimely death of a loved one, the unexpected lawsuit that claimed your savings, unruly children, a failing business, a repossessed car……….the list is endless….
So what are we to do? Should we sit back and let things play out? Is this what they call fate? Why do such unfortunate and undeserved things happen to me?
Well, this may not entirely answer all this questions, but it will surely help. This post will try and cover this as comprehensively as possible, and upon continued revelation on the subject, the post will be updated.
First of all, my view of all of life’s challenges lies in their inevitability. There is just no escaping these challenges, and sometimes, the final outcome. This sounds like a defeatist approach, and to a certain degree, it is.
When you have tried long and hard to make something work out, and it still doesn’t work out, most people would tell you to give up.
My university senior year project was an automatic egg incubator, a computerized device. I had it all planned out, all the parts and software for the microprocessor chip were ready. Two weeks to the deadline, I finally got the chip programmed, but it didn’t work. I tried all that I could, but the chip would not budge. My fate was sealed. I got so desperate and discouraged, that I settled for a lower grade. For an honor’s student, this is a big fallout. I still dread the memory of the grueling period of the incubator construction, but you know what? I’ve decide to go back to the drawing board, and start from scratch. As a personal incentive, it probably won’t make me feel better that I failed the first time, but it’s good not to give up. Keep trying, do not relent. That’s the attitude God wants from you. “”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”.” (John 16:33).
The outcome may be out of your control, but your effort isn’t. Whatever it is you are going through, don’t sit in the mud, you have controll over your efforts to solve it, or endure it, but don’t give up..