I wait for it, wanting a word indicating something good is happening. But. When someone is reciting the hard stuff, they often fail to mention the good in their life. Just the other day I saw a couple coming out of a building with energy and excitement after they had described their life as exhausting, hard, and extremely challenging. Something had changed for them in the moment. Sometimes just telling someone the hard stuff allows us to decompress and see there’s more to life. It’s easy to get stuck in the stress of it all and miss what’s good.
One of my go-to books is Philippians–a letter written by the Apostle Paul while he was unjustly imprisoned. Even so. It’s clear he was living under the premise that all was well. Take time to let this one sentence impact you:
Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel (Philippians 1:12, NIV).
Paul had a good reason to be discouraged and stressed about his circumstances; however, he was encouraged that his difficulties had enabled him to be more effective. Reading his letter clarifies that–
To live in faith we need to see there’s mores to life than what is initially seen, intentionally pressing on, refusing to worry about anything. These three components of faith are crucial to live under the premise that all is well, regardless of the challenges of the day.
Nobody would’ve faulted Paul for putting his life on hold while he did his time in jail. But. He intentionally refused to let his circumstance stop what God had called him to do. When we believe God has a plan of a hope and a future, when we believe there’s more to life than what is visibly seen, when we believe God is present and at work, when we believe God will not fail us, we are able to press through the hard stuff with the belief and attitude all is well.
Even in the worst of circumstances we have the choice of whether or not we will give into it all or to live under the premise that all is well. I’m the first to say it’s not easy; however, it’s a powerful way to live:
- Believe there is more to your day than what’s visibly seen.
- Press on, believing God is present, at work, and will not fail.
- Refuse to worry.
Learning to Kickstart the day living under the premise that all is well,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)