We all have times of struggle. If you look at someone who seems to have everything, “The Car/Truck, The House, The Family, The Job” etc… Believe me, they didn’t get there over night. The old adage, “Paying your dues”, is true. Though when you are young you’re just trying to make it through, pay bills, raise children, survive marriage, and all the other million things that take up your time and thoughts.
We, oldsters, sometimes wish we could go back and tell our younger selves the key to true happiness and fulfillment, but since I can’t do that I’ll share what I do know. There’s a verse in the Bible that says, “those who try to save their life will lose it, those who lose their life will save it.” Luke 17:33 To me that means the harder you try on your own, only thinking of your needs/wants, the more you lose. You lose time, waste money and live a frustrated life, but if you seek God, truly giving yourself to Him, to His will and His leading, you will find that in losing yourself, your life, in Him, you have gained everything. Everything you will ever need in this life, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, discernment, jobs, homes, family, health, and above all salvation, comes from ones source. God.
Matthew 7:7-11 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.”
Seek Him, God, The Father. He is the source. If you struggle, and we all do, just ask Him to help you. If you haven’t sought forgiveness of your sin and accepted Christ Jesus as your savior, just ask God to help you and tell him that’s what you want. Then He will be with you through every difficulty and if you continue seeking and obey His direction, then the blessings will overflow in your life and you will be able to thrive in this life, so much so that you will be able to help others.