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Friday, October 2, 2015

Think About It............

Moving Forward

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Sometimes life can be tough. Events happen that can seem to take our very breath away. Getting back up on our feet seems an impossible task, and yet we must.

Set backs in life are normal. We plan, but not all of our plans work out the way we want them. Sometimes it feels like we just can’t get there from here. You know what I mean don’t you? It’s like the saying, “The harder I try, the behinder I get”. Moving forward seems to be more like two steps forward and three back.

I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes we’re in too much of a hurry to move forward. In trying to move forward we miss out on some very important lessons that we need to learn. Take grief for example, many seem to want to rush through it. Sadly we can have friends and family that try to tell us that we’re taking too long, and that we should move on. But is that necessarily true? How many stages of grief are there? What happens if we try to skip a few? If we try to avoid them, will they come back to bite us later?

Denial is another method that keeps us from moving forward. We stuff hurt, pain and emotions as if they never took place. Claiming to be okay on the outside while never taking care of the inside doesn’t move us forward, it keeps us stuck. I’m tough, I can take it, may work in the movies, but it doesn’t work in the real world. Trying to go through difficulties alone is foolish. When you’re in the pit of despair is not the time you need someone telling you to “Snap out of it”. 

You need someone to walk with you in the journey. Getting there from here is a journey. It’s a journey that involves a decision and a plan. Pride keeps us from asking for help. Seeking help to move forward is not a bad thing, it’s the smart thing. The only caveat is in who you ask for help. The one you want is the one who will really help, not someone who will just tell you what you want to hear. Perhaps the starting point is in admitting that you need to move forward. 

Think about it.

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