Yesterday morning I looked up the word crisis. The definition reads, “a crucial or decisive point or situation; a turning point.” (American Heritage Dictionary) I did a bit of reading and one of the articles I read used a phrase that caught my attention. “A crisis is any situation that upsets the balance of life. It is some unexpected event that upsets our spiritual and emotional balance. A crisis is a pivotal moment in our life that calls for some kind of response.” I started thinking about a “pivotal moment in our life that calls for some kind of response.” When faced with a crisis – a pivotal moment – you can look at the situation and see lots of different things. You might see defeat or helplessness. You might see fear. Maybe you see an opportunity to strengthen bonds with others as you deal with the crisis together. You might see yourself on the other side as a stronger person. We do not have the ability to control the crisis but we do get to choose how we interpret it. We get to choose what meaning we give it and we get to decide how to respond to it.
Over the next couple daily readings, I’d like to offer a few insights for you to ponder. This seems obvious but when dealing with a crisis you do have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge that something crucial is happening. You can’t pretend it’s not. Being honest about the crisis enables a greater awareness and that allows for you to use the full capacities of your resources.
Scripture Reading: James 1:2-4
“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
What assisted you in addressing a pivotal moment?
How is your faith being tested?
How can you strengthen your endurance?
Prayer: Holy God, in these stressful times, let me sense your Spirit inviting me into a faithful response. Help me to respond by using the full capacity of the gifts your provide me and let me shine light. Amen.
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