I have a good friend who has a saying, “Everybody has STUFF!” That’s her way of saying each of us has our own set of challenges. It’s usually her response when we learn of a friend or an acquaintance who’s going through a challenging season in life. Let’s face it, many people we interact with daily are dealing with “STUFF” that we have no clue about. If you think you’re the only one navigating through life’s difficulties, just take your focus off yourself for a moment. When you look around, you’ll see a whole world filled with people trying to manage the vicissitudes of life the best way they know how. We’d be wise to extend them grace. The same grace we so desperately need.
Life can be a challenge, at times it can be down-right difficult. We all walk through seasons where we feel as if we are barely hanging on. Seasons of discouragement, failure and even unfulfilled dreams can cause us to waiver in our faith. The disappointment of marriage, motherhood, and even ministry can lead us to doubt. Perhaps, you’ve been faced with a difficult season of health or financial issues; hardships that linger can cause us to lose hope. The longer the season, the more difficult it can be to stand. In seasons like these it’s so important that we are rooted and grounded in truth.