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What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Have you had one of these days? It’s Monday morning, snowing outside (as I’m sure it is for some of you), you have a scratchy throat, and you have to go to work. You stumble out of bed, put on the coffee pot and grab a quick shower. In a few minutes, you are on your way to work, wishing you were still in your nice, warm bed.

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Everything goes well for the first couple miles, and just when you are beginning to feel glad you made the effort to leave your house, you hear a chug chug chug and your car slows to a halt. You don’t have to get out to see what happened. You have a flat. On your way to work. On a snowy morning.

So what can you do? You can try to change it (if you know how), or you can cry (that sometimes helps), or you can pray (that always helps). And I mean always. A handsome state trooper may not come your way in the next 24 hours, but when you call for Roadside Assistance, a tow truck may be just 5 minutes away. It happens.

I used the example of getting a flat tire on your way to work on a snowy morning, but you can substitute it with any situation where things didn’t go the way you expected: you didn’t get the job; your child’s baby sitter packed up and moved to Africa without informing you; your medical test result was not what you hoped for.

How many times have you been disappointed, or worse, traumatized when things don’t go the way you expected. It happens to all of us. You can indulge in self-pity, tell all your friends how unlucky you are, or you can do one or all of the following:

  1. Face the situation squarely.
  2. Consider your options: pray for wisdom.
  3. Do what you can – try changing the tire yourself, call RA or drive to the nearest tire shop (if it’s a flat tire), follow your doctor’s advice (if it’s a health problem), pray some more and wait it out.
  4. If the situation seems impossible, leave it alone or start afresh.
  5. Don’t take out your misery on others.
  6. Keep a positive attitude.

Life would not be what it is if we didn’t encounter days when things just go wrong. Unfortunate as they may be, those days don’t come to destroy us; they only come to make us stronger. If we ask God’s help and listen to what He is saying to us, we come up with solutions that will equip us to deal with similar situations when they occur. So, the next time something happens that can spoil your day, just look up and say, “With God’s help I’ll get through this.”