Teen-agers turning to drugs. Single mothers floundering in depression. High-ranking business men sneaking out for extra-marital affairs. Lonely people marginalized by society resorting to deadly violence.
We all hurt in one way or another. What is it that we do with that hurt? How can we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps? Where do we go for help?
Reach Out to God
God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
Christians readily acknowledge this fact. However, we must come to the realization that God also created all the resources we need. He also created the principles by which we live – healthy principles that benefit everyone. He also created purpose for our lives.
God is the source of Everything.
God is the source of healing and help in every day-to-day situation. He has provided what we need, not only live, but to thrive throughout our life. When we need to be restored, we must go back to God. He is the one who created life in the first place and it is only He who can bring life back into dead circumstances. We cannot do it on our own.
In Matthew 6, Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God, and all the things we need will be given to us.
Reach Out to Others
God has also provided the Body of Christ to lift one another up, to encourage one another. We need them: a support group, a Christian counselor, a sincere Bible study group. We need a place where we can share our deepest needs, fears, and temptations. We need someone to meet with regularly as well as someone we can call on at a moment’s notice. Ask God to provide this support for you.
Reach up and reach out. The God of hope will fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him. Romans 15:13
These thoughts come from the wonderful book by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend titled How People Grow, What the Bible Reveals about Personal Growth.