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Every now and again life is going to throw some curve balls your way and that is just how it is. Life is cyclical, there are good seasons and not so good seasons as well. However, every season of life comes to an end and that should be encouragement that the tough times will also come to pass.
So you have a dream, a passion, a purpose that you are pursuing in life and you’re very excited about it. You started off with enthusiasm as you began that journey but it became sour along the way. I’ve been there myself and it has really sucked, especially when seeing other people around me having great success in their lives.
“Tough times never last but tough people do.”
I have also seen these tough seasons come to an end and witnessed new beginnings as well. The joy of the new beginnings far outweighs the pain of the difficult times and so I encourage you to hold on to the promises God has given you. A famous quote you may have heard goes like this, “Tough times never last but tough people do.”
To get through these tough times here are things that you can do to make it through to your end goal:
1. Get on your knees
When you are going through a tough season it seems as though there are distant worlds between you and God. The truth is that God is with you, He is for you and most significantly, He is in you.
I once heard that the shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. Always look to God in both the good and the tough times. He will definitely speak to you and let you know what steps to take. When He speaks you will have peace in your heart that surpasses all understanding.
2. Be faithful where you are
The person that comes to mind for me when I think about faithfulness is Joseph in the book of Genesis. He had a really strong character given the circumstances that he went through. For most people it would have been a traumatic experience.
He was sold into slavery and falsely accused but he was faithful everywhere he was placed in the land of Egypt. Before you graduate to the next level God will always give you this test, the test of faithfulness.
If you are faithful with a little you will be faithful with much. So ask yourself if you are being faithful with what you have right now. That will determine whether or not you will go to the next level.
3. Remember God’s promises
You can trust that God is faithful and He will never renege on His promises. Whatever He says He does. He is not a man that He should lie. Make time to recount all the victories He has brought into your life in the past. If He did it in the past you can be sure that He will do it again.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” ~ Revelation 12:11
What are the things that God has done in your life in the past? How did you feel when everything fell in place? It must have been wonderful I suppose. If He prospered you before He will do it again as long as you don’t give up.
4. Surround yourself with people who inspire you
When going through tough times it’s critical to have the right people in your circle; people that will encourage you to keep pursuing your life’s goals. You can tell the destiny of a person’s life just by assessing his closest associations.
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” ~ Proverbs 13:20
We influence each other as people all the time whether or not we realize it. That is why parents are so particular about the company their children keep. For example, if your goal is to start a business surround yourself with other successful business people.
So whatever you aspire to accomplish find the people who have what you want and do what they do.
5. Stretch yourself to breakthrough
The desired outcome you are looking for is outside your comfort zone. Growth happens when you do the things that are uncomfortable for you. Most people stay in their comfort zone because of fear of the unknown. The word of God tells us countless times that we are not to fear anything.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear exists nowhere else except in the mind. Fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real; isn’t that interesting to know? Push your boundaries in order to breakthrough to the next level of your life because most of the things you fear never really materialize as well.
What have you done in the past when you have felt distant from God? Please share your experience in the comments below.