We are continuing our 30 Days of Gratitude! If you missed the scoop about why we’re celebrating, be sure to check out Episode One. Yesterday, we talked about how God reveals hearts. Today, we’re going to be discussing Day Twenty-Three’s topic: When They Fail You.
Another timely topic. Notice I didn’t say “IF they fail you”. I said “When”. Why? Because people will fail you. You will find yourself hurt and/or disappointed at least once in your lifetime because someone didn’t do what they should have done. It’s inevitable. However, in the midst of being failed by others, this is what we are going to focus on and be grateful for: There is absolutely NO failure in God. NONE. Trust me on that. I know things don’t always work out the way we want them to. I know we don’t always get exactly what we pray for – but there is still NO FAILURE in God. Zero failure. Today’s excerpt from my book is all about how to deal with the aftermath of being failed by someone, and better yet, how to prepare for it. Take a listen.
“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
Psalm 20:6-8 (ESV)
~ Today’s Declaration ~
There is, there has never been, nor will there ever be ANY failure in God.
As you know, people will fail you. It’s inevitable. Not everyone is who they say they are. Not everyone can do what they say they can do. Not everyone can be who they say they can be. It’s not fun finding this out, but it is inevitable.
Having said that, it is important to have a plan in place to be able to effectively handle and recover from the times of disappointment we will face when dealing with others. It is important to make sure that we are prepared. That takes a lot of the sting out of the situation.
This is the more strategic portion of the devotional. By now, you have a good foundation of knowledge and encouragement. Now it’s time to do some planning.
People WILL fail you. I PROMISE you. Just as sure as there are twenty-four hours in a day, someone is going to fail you. You can’t let that take you off your course. You can’t let that make you give up. You have to have a plan.
A good place to start is to make sure that you are not trusting in people to the same magnitude and degree that you trust in God. You have to always remember that you don’t always hit the mark, and no one else will either. You have to KNOW this when dealing with people. ALL of your trust has to be in God.
There is a difference between trusting something and trusting in something. When you sit down, you trust that the chair will hold you. However, your ability to sit down isn’t locked and tied up in that particular chair. That chair is not the only chair that can support you. There is always the possibility that the chair will buckle, fall, be wet, etc. That’s how we have to be with people. They can be our friends, family, or whatever, and we can really trust that they are going to be there for us when we need them, but not to the point that our lives are drastically altered if they don’t meet our expectations. The latter is not healthy at all.
A lot of my suicide attempts came from a misappropriation of trust. I expected people to be so much for me, and when they failed me, I felt like something was wrong with me. I had to realize that just as I’m not perfect, neither are they. As we come to the end of our thirty days together, it is important that you grasp this concept. Do all you can to get it in your head. Trust me. You’ll thank me for this.
Today is the day that you use the “Write it Out” to create your action plan. Make it a good one! If you need help, feel free to reach out to me.
I speak courage to you. I decree that God will anchor you in the fact that it is in God that you should and must place all of your trust. You can do it. You’re ready. I believe it. We’re gonna be just fine when this is all over. Preparation is key! LIVE out loud today knowing that God is right there helping you to “rise and stand upright” just like the scripture says!
Have an amazing day today. Show love to yourself AND others. Be GREAT! I speak life to you and everyone and everything connected to you! Catch me tomorrow!