How should I respond to difficult situations?
In Acts 27 and Paul’s story of being on a ship in a storm there are the some things you shouldn’t do. They are the typical things you tend to do when you go through difficulty:
First of all, Difficulties can cause us to drift. Verse 15 (NIV), “…so we gave way to it and were driven along”.
This ship taking prisoners to Rome was in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean, hadn’t seen the sun for 14 days, total darkness. And they can’t get any bearings, they don’t know where the stars are, they have no idea where they are. So they gave up going to any destination and started drifting. That’s what problems tend to do in your life if you don’t watch out.
Some people start drifting through life. They have no goal, objective, purpose, ambition, and dream for their life. They just go along to get along. Life is tough so why make the effort? Why even try? I’ll just go by on the minimum.
We don’t call it drifting today. We call it coasting. The problem with coasting is that you’re headed downhill. You never coast uphill. You’re going the wrong direction if you’re coasting. Life is not a coast. Life’s tough. Don’t lose your goal, your ambition, your dream just because life gets hard.
Just a thought from the front porch…