Pain's Shrill Voice
Theme of the Week: Crushed: When Life Beats You Down
Monday, October 21, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. (2 Corinthians 4:8, NCV)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:7-11
Pain says, "Don't get up. Just lie here awhile."
Pain's voice is loud, perhaps the loudest voice you'll hear in your life.
When [you] feel the pain, your mind and soul become tethered to doubt, anxiety, apprehension, and fear. The reality of the hit makes your head ring and immediately your mind begins to bend inward. You start seeing the fight as pointless. The game is over, right?
Defeat, whether in life or in a game, doesn't happen when the final horn sounds. It happens when your opponent takes you mentally out of the game.
When that hit comes to you, what will you do? If it's already come to you, what have you done in response?
So many people think that when life comes at us hard and knocks us down, that's all we're destined for: a life of hard knocks. Not so! It's the hard times that can render us useless, forever on a downward spiral … or propel us forward. We can give up, or we can stand up and determine that we will go back to the huddle and run another play. Vince Lombardi said it well: "The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."
—Randall Cunningham in Lay It Down
My Response: How would I answer the questions in the fifth paragraph?
Adapted from Lay It Down (Worthy, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, may I cultivate the type of relationship with you that builds my trust in you, so that when bad times come I will turn to you for guidance, comfort, and hope that will never disappoint.
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