Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When You Hit Rock Bottom

When you mess up and hit rock bottom, remember these things...

(1). You're not the first person to make a mistake.  Lots of people messed up before you did, and lots more will do the same after you're gone.  It happens.  Everyone has some bad days.  Read the Bible and you'll see story after story of people who royally blew it.  The world is full of sinners.  So don't think you're the first one, or the only one, to make a mess of things.

(2).  You're about to find out who your real friends are.  It's easy for people to like you and hang out with you when you're doing well and riding high.  But when you hit rock bottom, just accept the fact that some folks will disappear from your life and have nothing more to do with you.  They will declare your life too messy and your sin too bad.  And they will no longer reach out to you or spend time with you.  It's sad.  It's wrong.  But it happens.  Your real friends will stay with you.  Just be thankful for those who stick around, and invest in those relationships.  It's a good thing to have people who stick with you through thick and thin.  Hold on to them!

(3). You're in a position to learn now.  When you hit rock bottom, let it be a time to grow in wisdom for your future.  Learn from your mistakes.  Figure out what to do different down the road.  Ask God to teach you how to do a better job in the days, months, and years to come.

(4).  You're not done.  God still has a life for you to live.  There are people for you to love, projects for you to complete, areas for you to serve, and places for you to go.  No, your life is not over.  There are still things for you to do, and differences for you to make.

(5).  You're loved by God.  On your worst day, you still are precious to Him.  God's love is unconditional.  It will be there regardless of what you do right or wrong.  As someone once said, "There's nothing you can ever do to make Him love you less.  Nothing".  Some people may not care for you anymore; however, God loves you tons and bunches.  And there's not a thing you can do to change that.

(6). You're supposed to forgive yourself.  There's no need to beat yourself up forever.  Once you've felt the shame and learned the lesson, you need to let it go.  Don't keep punishing yourself.  When God forgives you, it's over.  So forgive yourself and move on.  Leave the past in the past.

If you or someone you know is at rock bottom, hold on to these truths.