Sharing Sunday: A Letter Of Encouragement

We have all been there. Everything that could be going wrong in your life has decided to go wrong all at once. You ask your friends for help, but all they can offer you are tired cliches, (sidenote: if you hear, “Things will get better” from one more person, you will possibly punch that person in the face) When (if?) you sit down to pray, all you can offer are complaints and questions like, “Why me, Lord?”
(The answer to that question: “why not you?”)
Sometimes all you need is someone to listen to you, but all the people around you seem to do is give you more advice.

(None of which you asked for)

You have reached the end of your rope, and you don’t know what to do.

Here’s the thing: you have felt this way before. Each time, you thought you would not be able to get through it, and yet you did. Each time, you thought, “this will be the end of me”, but it wasn’t.

You will not be defeated because you have the will to survive, in spite of everything that has happened. No matter what you are battling, as long as you have something to fight for, (even if it is just to prove to yourself that you can fight) you have hope to continue. No matter how alone you feel, there are people who care enough about you to give you unsolicited advice, listen to you complain, and allow you to cry on their shoulders.

There are also people who have gone through this before. They know how you’re feeling, and they are here to help. Your trouble is temporary. Eventually, it will pass, and you will be content someday. Don’t give into those negative voices who are telling you lies. You know the truth. You know who you are and what you are capable of. The people around you know as well, even if they aren’t always willing to acknowledge it.

Remember that you are valuable. You aren’t meant to be used and tossed aside. You, are much better than you think you are, so stop selling yourself short. Be yourself. (Unless you suck. In that case, try to be someone who is kinder than you.) Surround yourself with people who love and appreciate you. If you have the education and the means, don’t settle for what is comfortable. If you don’t have the education and the means, don’t settle for what is comfortable.

Not every endeavor in life has to be about money. The amount of time you have makes a difference, or the amount of patience. Sometimes your success in contingent upon how hard you are willing to work, what your motivation is, and how much you are willing to give up to achieve your goals.

Do not allow what is comfortable to rob you of your purpose. Make working in excellence a habit so you won’t grow accustomed to doing “just enough”.If you have the energy to do your best, do your best. Not for the sake of appearances, but to set a standard of work that you will be proud of. Don’t be motivated by the trappings of outward success, but by an inner drive that will sustain you even when your circumstances aren’t ideal.

Life isn’t about the reward at the end; it’s about the process it takes to get you there. If you try to avoid the difficulties, you won’t reap the benefits of trials.
Most importantly, don’t feel as though you have to go through this alone.

There are people who have been placed in your life specifically to help you through the rough spots.

Don’t shut them out.
Remember that you will get through this. It won’t be easy, but the strength you will have gained from your experience will help carry you for the rest of your life.

Live Well, Everyone.

Erie

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