Staying Encouraged

One of Henry Ward Beecher’s favorite stories was about a young man who was applying for a job in a New England factory. Asking for the owner, he found himself in the presence of a nervous, fidgety man who looked hopelessly dyspeptic. “The only vacancy here,” he told the applicant, “is a vice-presidency. The man that takes the job must shoulder all my cares.” “That’s a tough job,” said the applicant. “What’s the salary?” “I’ll pay you ten thousand a year if you will really take over all my worries.” “Where is the ten thousand coming from?” asked the applicant, suspiciously. “That my friend,” replied the owner, “is your first worry.

I am sure most of us have felt that “pit of the stomach” feeling this applicant felt upon hearing news he had little control over. However, though we can’t control what happens to us, or the situations that surround our lives, but we can control our reaction to it. I know it sounds good but what does that really mean in a practical way.

Here are some thoughts in keeping it practical and life applications.

Keep balance between the I am never leaving the living room and who cares I’m doing what I want and if I get the virus so be it. Using common sense and sanitary precautions along with restricting ourselves to traveling for necessities only, is being practical.

Remain hopeful. Things really do come and pass. Don’t create a forever mindset based on temporary conditions or make long-term decisions that you may regret after all has passed.

Look for others to encourage. It is a fact that when we focus on the needs of others we tend to diminish the discomfort of our own lives. The calls, texts, and reaching out in some way makes a world of difference for people. Listening and then offering assistance engages a personal purpose and motivates us in return.

I hope you have been encouraged today. Stay hopeful and be blessed.


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