You know the ones —
Those days when all your good intentions and efforts despite, things keep going the other way.
Give yourself grace.
And just keep doing the next right thing in front of you (at least do your honest best!).
Remember that adversity does not necessarily mean that you are doing something wrong.
It doesn’t mean that God is angry with you. Also, He has not abandoned you.
Scripture is full of stories of people who faced severe adversities even though they were on the right path.
Think of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Naomi, Ruth, the Apostles, the early Church….
Sometimes, the heat is turned up because all our effort to do right is actually making a difference and counts for something in the kingdom.
God would never abandon you.
And the opinions of people is just that — opinions! — not the truth. And not even always your reality (usually!). As long as you have a clear conscience and peace with God, don’t let the opinions of people be part of the challenges you have to deal with (because really, it’s their problem, not yours).
God is always with you — even on days when nothing makes sense.
You may have done some things wrong, but there’s also plenty you’ve done right too.
So don’t withhold grace from yourself, keep breathing, and don’t stop doing what’s right.
We can always count on God, and we have His Word that He’s bringing us into a future that’s beyond anything we could ever ask for or think of!