Don't React – Stay Calm
2 timothy 4:5…...be calm and cool and steady
If you struggle because of all the trouble in the world and in your life, and you get upset with people who are hard to deal with - here is the solution: Be calm, cool, and steady.
When trouble starts in our lives, too often we tend to get upset, saying, "What can I do? What can I do? What can I do?" We immediately react in the flesh instead of seeking the Lord for direction.
This seems to be the way of the world, and if we are not careful, we do what everyone else does. But God has a better plan for His children. Getting all upset and reacting emotionally does not help – it only causes more problems.
So when trouble rushes in and interrupts your plans, be obedient to God – ask Him to help you be calm cool, and steady.
Give Until It Hurts
2 Corinthians 8:3 …they gave according to their ability and yes beyond their ability
There are various levels of giving, and some are less painful than others. One way to be a giver is to use your material possessions to be a blessing. Giving away things you no longer want or use is good, but you should also give away new things, or things that have value to you.
If you know someone who has been through a difficult time, go shopping for that person. Look for that special gift that seems just right. It will take time, and for busy people that is painful, but it is good to stretch yourself in new areas.
Sometimes you may need to give away one of your favorite possessions – and that can be painful. But it is good to get out of your comfort zone and give until it hurts. Jesus gave His all on the cross for your sins. Surely, we can endure giving up mere worldly possessions.