Many of us find ourselves in bad situations throughout life. We feel unsure how to navigate through a challenging marriage, a nagging sense of regret, a consistent addiction, a state of anxiety, or other frustrating scenarios.
Once we get there, and we finally realize how bad it is, we often want relief right away.
Imagine a guy who got cut last night and lost a lot of blood. He thought it would get better on his own. He waited until the next day before going to the hospital. Can they help him? Sure. It just would have been much easier if he would have come earlier before it got so severe.
- Many couples come when their marriage is on the rocks rather than when they experience so uneasy terrain.
- Many people don’t ask for financial advice until they get overwhelmed with debt.
- Many people don’t seek a place to work through their feelings until they are in a dangerous spot.
Can you get help? Sure. It just would have been a lot easier if they would have come earlier.
Many people have years of damage done and want immediate fixes, but it is never that easy. They can get help, but it takes time. You didn’t get here overnight, and you aren’t going to get out of here overnight either.
Take immediate steps for longterm change.
It will take a while, but you can see progress. What are some of those immediate steps?
- Ask help from God. Search the Scriptures and connect through prayer to the source of all wisdom.
- Ask help from godly people. Don’t collect people who tell you what you want to hear; find the people who love Jesus and will tell you what you need to hear.
- Ask help from godly resources. Read. Listen. Watch. Find good resources that can help you for the long haul.
You may not be where you want to be. You don’t have to stay there either. Since you didn’t get here overnight, be patient and invest in the process to see progress.
It can happen.
It needs to happen.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:9
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.