Rudy Giuliani was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 2001, and the reason seemed quite clear. In the aftermath of the horrific attack on our country, he gave directions to save the city where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. It seemed right to give him an award for clarity and compassion under pressure. He mobilized millions when the impact of his own personal losses would have immobilized many.
What do you do when you lose a job? a dream? hope? Do you freeze? Are you unable to move, think, or function? Maybe you spiral downward into destructive self-pity.
I recommend you take steps to make your disappointment and pain work for you. These emotions have energy behind them; so directl them into something positive in your life.
Over fifty times in the Bible people are told to “get up!” So do something, anything—clean the house, mow the lawn, gather friends together to pray, go help someone else, the possibilities are endless. Start with the easy tasks and work your way to those that are harder.
Get up! If you spiral down, you only compound your loss. If you move amidst and through your situation, you can turn your disappointment and pain inside out. It’s the first step in the right direction.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.