When Life Doesn't Go as Planned - pt 3

Without taking the time to go through all the examples we see in scripture of people who faced barriers, hurdles or dead ends and how they handled those times… let me just sum up what I see is the common thread through each story – it’s HOPE!

We all have had life NOT go as planned; the house we bought to “flip” (fix up, then sell for a profit) doesn’t sell, and we actually take a loss, the job that we had that we thought was secure and wasn’t, the love-making we thought would produce a child, but it hasn’t, the un-timely death of a loved one, the sickness that was only a cough turned into something life-threatening, the church you started that you thought would be running 1,000 people by now. On and on it goes; life not going as planned.

This is what author Seth Godin calls the DIP. The Dip is when times get tough and things are no longer easy, everything you touch only turns to plastic rather then gold, things aren’t as fun anymore. This is when we see what people (he says “companies”) are made of. He said many companies quit during the dip, and they miss out on all the blessings on the other side of the dip. You can quit, settle, or fight life through and keep pushing forward.

I do not know what you are going through right now, but my encouragement to you is DON’T GIVE UP! Keep HOPING, keep the FAITH, and keep BELIEVING.

I do not agree with the philosophy of, “oh don’t give people a false sense of hope”. Hope is many times all we have… and we should always keep HOPE ALIVE!