Flipping through a book awhile back I saw it in a picture, a plaque on the wall, and I recreated in a very rough art form.
“Life is tough. Get a helmet.”
It tells me what I already know. This is no easy road we travel. Acknowledge it. Make up my mind. This is how it is going to be. No one gets off without an injury, a disappointment, a struggle.
Ask anyone to tell you his story and you’ll hear it. Family dysfunction affecting this generation and the next. Divorce that divides children between parents. Job loss that creates financial struggles that create arguments that create more stress. Health issues not easily diagnosed and even harder to treat. Death that steals a loved one before we said our last good-byes. The unthinkable event that changes a future.
Life happens to us. The question then is what are we going to do with it. Are we just to give in, to endure it in misery? Or is there a better way?
Wisdom says as a woman thinks in her heart, so is she. Science is proving this to be true.
Wisdom says to dwell on the true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
I can change my thought process and change my life. I can enjoy my journey even though life is hard.
The tough places along the way cause me to develop endurance, teach me compassion, tender my heart to be more understanding, help me love better, forgive quicker, and encourage more.
The final week of our Bible study focuses on the Helmet of Salvation. It is the protection of our minds that can change our thinking and let us live our lives in a positive victorious way.
Learning to think God’s thoughts is the key. And that means we have to know what His thoughts are on any given subject. The only way to do that is to look in His Word.
It isn’t enough to take someone else’s word for it. We must read the Bible ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us, to teach us so that we know – We Know! – what God says.
Don’t allow someone else to tell you who you are. Don’t believe that you have to measure up to an air-brushed standard. Don’t let your past overshadow your future. Don’t listen to the enemy of your soul whose native language is Lies.
God offers life, a hope and a future, immeasurable blessings, personal relationship with Him, and an eternity in Heaven. Who wouldn’t be glad about that?
I can choose to dwell on negative thoughts, the sadness, the darkness, the bleakness of the world. Or I can be thankful, count my blessings, remember all God’s promises in Christ Jesus, receive the life He offers, and be joyful.
O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. Psalm 140:7 ESV
Life is tough. It will always be. Wear your helmet.