This is for someone out there that just needs a pick me up today. Email this to the person that you feel it was designed for. Encourage them through these words today.
I am writing this for you, to give you a bit of refreshment today. Maybe there is something here that will change your perspective or lift your head just a tad.
I am sorry for what is going on. The depths of pain are immense and you can’t seem to get out of this pit of despair. You have had the weight of the world on your shoulders for what seems like years now and you just need a rest – I get it.
Work is heavy, life is grey. What you thought would be isn’t. Unmet expectations. Hopelessness. Your sleep has been sporadic and you notice yourself sighing quite a bit. Tears are always welling up in your eyes and you are feeling a heaviness on your chest as you try to get some fresh air.
All is not lost. Sometimes it is actually good to get to the end of yourself. It doesn’t feel good, but believe me, new life will come. There really is light at the end of the tunnel, but there are some hard yards to be had before you get to run and jump.
When you are down and a bit out the last thing you need is a sermon, so instead, I am giving you an exercise. It is called perspective. Would you take the time to try this? Walk through this in order and watch what might happen.
1. Find a location that brings you some peace and get comfortable.
2. Now, start breathing. Take some deep breaths and some moderate breaths.
3. Close out any negative thoughts or heavy pressures for a while. Imagine forcing them out of the door of a house and shut the door so none of those thoughts would enter in.
4. Ask God to be close to you.
5. Start making a list of the things in your mind that you are grateful for – saying them out loud. Everything that is positive or has been positive say them out loud and give thanks for them.
6. Keep breathing.
7. Get a few post it notes and on each sticky note list the things that are holding you back or bringing you pain (one per post it note).
8. Picture yourself handing those to God. Ask him to take them and solve the issue then ask God what he plans to do with them. Really listen.
9. Choose right then and there to think different of the issues – to think above them – to get a different perspective.
10. Tell yourself that “this issue will not control my life!”
Some times we have to give up control before we can deal with the issues properly.
There is always a solution to most every issue. Sometimes you just need a good friend or a change of scenery or a prompting like this email to help give you new perspective.
Nothing is impossible with God. When you gain a new perspective then you will begin to change your patterns, which will positively affect your consequences and then your reality.
Breath, Ask, Be Grateful, Change the Pattern. Don’t allow a circumstance to dominate your world and make poor decisions that could take you down a road you don’t want to travel.
All is not lost. There is life to be had, plenty of it.
You can do this – you can experience the change that you have longed for.”