You Can Do This!
Today, we are going to dispel our self-doubt.
We all come up against it, very hard things that are daunting, disappointing and discouraging. They appear greater than our ability to rise to the occasion and overcome them. We question our efficacy, our strength and our stick-to-it-ness. There are times when we wonder where God went. We are all going to take a turn with this, so let us be ready when our number is called.
You can do this! Whatever you are going through, you are going to get through it. Just because you haven’t done something before doesn’t mean that you can’t do it and possibly do it well. You should probably expect to suck at it when you first start, because that is true when you first start anything. But the key to doing anything is to just not give up. Our victories lie in our tenacity. If we never give up, if we never surrender; we prevail.
I know how hard this is when we’re dealing with a real serious piece of reality. It is very hard to do when we sit helplessly in the hospital waiting room. When we are frightened, we are at our weakest and our least effective. As such, it is not uncommon for us to feel that we simply can’t go on. That is when we call upon hope.
Hope is a choice. It is what takes our misery and turns it into a blessing. Hope is what allows us to get through all the terrible things that we must get through without losing our faith in ourselves, in other people and in the good Lord above. That is why it is best to go into all situations with the firm belief that you can do this no matter what it turns out to be. God will not ask you to do what He does not give you the strength to do. Hope can be lost quickly, I will admit that. But it can be restored just as quickly. We decide to believe that God has a good and unique plan for us, and each situation, no matter how difficult, is just one part of it. It’s happening for a reason. It’s going to make us better people later-on. It is forcing us to grow. Nothing reveals our maturity like how we deal with our trials and tribulations.
So, go do it, go face that monstrous challenge in front of you knowing that you are not alone and that the experience is interwoven with purpose. Whip up a quick batch of hope. That’s the only way that you can do this.
James A. Francetich is a freelance writer and author. The opinions expressed are solely of the author and do not represent any community based recovery programs, private or public entities or any governmental agencies.