2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV
As for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
A bump on your path can make your heart weary. Working hard, being and doing your best but something just seems to be in the way of your final realization of victory. Such is life. How we handle this makes the difference between failure and success.
While driving, a bump in the way doesn’t mean that the road is closed or that that’s the end of the journey. You don’t turn back and look for a reason to give up just because you are facing a problem in effecting your goal. It means slow down and maneuver your way through it. We meet bumps in whatever we do; in finalizing a project, falling in love, success in life, and in our spiritual lives. Something comes along that causes us to put on the brakes and figure out how to carefully go through it.
Bumps come in different shapes and sizes, and the most common factors that bring them our way include:
· Fear. When you have failed over and over again in the past, fear may materialize just as your break through is on the horizon. Fear of failing again, fear that the dream is too big, and/ or fear that you were not the right person to pursue this after all.
· Negativity. Closely related to fear is negative self-talk. People who see mountains where there are just molehills are saturated in negative talk. ‘This is too hard!’ ‘I cannot do this.’ Fear can make you fail to believe in yourself and your abilities thus limiting what you can do. When you keep believing that you can do it no matter what comes your way, you will always seek a solution to the problems that you meet along the way.
· Environment. Bumps may not just come from within, but may also come from those around you. When surrounded by people who specialize in put downs and discouragement, you eventually internalize it.
How then, con you maneuver the bump in front of you?
1. Pray. You cannot do anything along. Seek God’s help and wisdom. You will not only free yourself of the full weight of expectation, but you’ll also find the help you need.
Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
2. Step back. Burying your nose in the bump at hand will make you lose the bigger picture. Step back, refocus on the end game; then unwind so that you can come back refreshed and ready to face the problem from a wider perspective.
3. Ask for help. In the same manner in which a negative environment may break your spirit, the opposite is true of a positive one. Now more than ever you need the encouragement of those who believe in you. These are the same people who will give a listening year when you need to bounce ideas to get through your bump.
4. Believe in yourself. No matter how many people rally behind you, only you can take the necessary steps to get to the finish line. Believe you can do it, no matter how impossible the matter seems like at the moment.
You have made it this far, you can do it.