Don’t stop when walking through the fire

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist

Life has a way of dealing some pretty hard blows. In the midst of a crisis, it is hard to make decisions, even to be rational. Many times, troubles pile upon troubles, blinding our thinking process. Yet “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

Somewhere, sometime, someone has gone through the same situation. We can either face the adversity with faith and courage or buckle under it. The other alternative is to become bitter with self-pity and spend the rest of life in miserable existence.

So how do conquerors conquer? When walking through the fire, they keep on going. “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) Victors know when they are the weakest they rise up in the “strongest” in Jesus. They don’t stop in the middle of the conflict. Neither do they stop for anxiety, worry or misery. Their focus is on Jesus.

Yes, it is hard to maintain an upbeat way in the midst of a trial, but “keepers” keep keeping on. We are more than conquerors because of the love of Jesus. (Romans 8:37)

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is, “And it came to pass.” I take that passage and apply it to me as meaning, “it didn’t come to stay.” One of the realities of life is nothing ever stays the same. Change is inevitable. Jesus is the only one who never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Malachi 3:6)

So don’t throw in the towel. Plow right through.

Praise God anyway and thank him for the answer.

Take your eyes off the problem and onto the “problem-solver.”

Whenever you feel you have been put in a boxing arena, don’t go down for the count, but come out swinging. Losers see only an ongoing battle. Winners see the end result. Losers focus on the war. Winners focus on the victory.

Dwelling on the negative is a real joy killer. I would rather have given life my best shot than to retreat in defeat. Not to try at all is real failure.

It takes courage to persevere, to keep the faith, and to focus on the victory. Who of us does not want a blessed life to be enjoyed to the fullest?

With Jesus you can have determination, courage and hope. Many times what seemed to be a hard time turned out to be the best thing that could have happened.

So we just keep on walking through what I call the “fire.” We can’t stop there.
We press on with determination, courage and strong faith and that helps keep the right attitude and perspective. Otherwise we find ourselves in depression, worry, fear and hopelessness.

So put on those boxing gloves and plow right through those obstacles in life. Show the world the stuff you’re made of. Don’t stop in the middle of the fire, but keep going and you will soon be the victor.

Life just doesn’t get any better than that.