How Do We Deal With Crisis?

Dealing with crisis
We each encounter some level of crisis in our lives, at various times, and in the form of varying levels of intensity. I, myself, am in the middle of my very own crisis right now as I write this article.

God is revealing a lot of things to me through this, as He is always faithful to do with each crisis that I go through in my life. And, although I am only 40 years old, I have endured many. And many more will come in the days ahead.

There are a number of important decisions that must be made when you are in a crisis. These are the things I want to share with you today. Maybe you are in the middle of one of your own and you are in a fight for your life. Maybe you just came out of one, or you will be entering one soon. No matter which, the use of this information will determine your outcomes. Do you come out of it better or worse? Stronger or weaker? Tender hearted or hard hearted? Connected or isolated?

One of the first choices you will have to make is; will I reach out for help – drawing closer to God and others – or will I fight alone? God never designed us to do life alone. He created us to need him, and to need other people. Don’t believe the lie that says only weak people ask for help, and strong people do it on their own. That is simply not true! The greatest strength is demonstrated through vulnerability, and through allowing yourself to love and be loved. Self-sufficiency is not strength. It is fear.
 
The second important decision is; what will I do with my pain?
 
Will I:
  • try to escape it and bury myself in busyness?
  • numb it with substances?
  • try to minimize my emotions?
  • try to act like I’m not hurting? “I’m fine.”
  • refuse to move and wallow in despair?
  • acknowledge it and face into it?
 
A crisis only offers an opportunity for personal growth. It does not ensure it. The deciding factor is in our response. And that is a choice only we can make.

Although we tirelessly seek to control every aspect of our lives, the reality is we are only in control of one thing. And that is in our response.
Nate McConnell

Nate McConnell

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