“Don’t worry, be happy….” Are the lyrics that popped into my head when I thought about this topic. (Do you remember that song from almost 30 years ago? Wow! Has it been that long ago already?) But it really isn’t always that simple. I wish it were.
I was talking with someone the other day that was updating me on some situations in their life. It wasn’t all doom and gloom but the issues this person is facing aren’t self-inflicted either. These were just the facts of life this person is dealing with at the moment. It made me think of some recent events I have had to deal with in my life lately.
When we let people unload their problems on us it sometimes conjures up a lot of negativity in our own mind. All that stuff can just weigh you down and it makes you start to think of all of the bad things going on in your life. Sometimes that is a good thing. Why? Because many of us try to bury all of the bad or negative or hard to deal with things in our life so we don’t have to deal with them.
The healthy thing to do is tackle these problems head on and deal with them. If we don’t we run the risk of hardening ourselves spiritually and emotionally. I challenge you to identify these areas in your life. But beware! Be prepared to deal with some potentially emotional times. Your emotions may run the gamut: anger, fear, doubt and self-pity to name a handful.
What is the best thing to do when you are in the midst of all of this inner turmoil? Pray! Tweet ThisJust like when someone unloads their problems on you praying allows you to do the same thing with God. The difference is God can handle it. When you have stirred up all of these emotions chances are you will fall into one of two camps:
- You may not be a person of faith or you may be someone who doesn’t know how to pray
- You are so full of emotion that you don’t know what to pray…you have no words
Let me give you some reassurance. That is okay. I’ve been in this situation numerous times where I just don’t have the words to pray. My spirit just feels so heavy that nothing can come out. This may come as a surprise to some but you don’t always have to say something. We live in a day and age where we think we always have to have the answer or we are so programmed into thinking we have to have these beautiful words to say.
Sometimes the only words we can muster are “God, I don’t know what to say. Hear my heart”. Guess what? God hears that. He knows what you are dealing with. All he is waiting for is you to recognize the problem, realize you can’t deal with it on your own and ask for help. Even if you don’t have the words to ask him. He still hears you.