Years ago, I saw a poster featuring a kitten suspended in air. Its paws clutched a knotted rope as the cat attempted to avoid falling. The words Hang in there, baby! were printed beneath the picture.
Sometimes we resemble that cat. Difficult circumstances challenge us and leave us feeling frustrated, angry, disappointed, anxious, or weary. Some days we wish the problems would go away and let our lives return to normal. Other days we wonder how long we’ll last before we crash and burn.
Perhaps you know exactly what I’m talking about. You resemble that cat, hanging at the end of its rope because you’re facing…
- Strained family or marital relationships
- Tensions due to church politics
- Work overload
- Financial insecurities
- Health issues
Here are a couple of things to remember:
- Respond in a godly manner. Others are watching your attitudes and behaviors. Let your example show what it means to live victoriously, thanks to the Holy Spirit’s power at work within you.
- Know that God will reward you for hanging on. He’s fully aware of your situation (and the Holy Spirit is praying for you in the midst of it).
When you’re clutching the knot at the end of your rope, take heed to Hebrews 10:36—“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Continue loving those who hurt you, behaving in a God-honoring fashion, practicing patience, trusting Jehovah Jireh to provide your needs, and believing He’ll give you the strength you need one day at a time. He is faithful and will come through for you.
Hang in there, baby. Don’t let go.
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