Here’s a brief passage from 1 Corinthians that I find myself returning to again and again as 2016 continues to unfold. (It should be read, I think, in the slightly impatient tone of voice I always associate with the Apostle Paul.)
“No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10: 13).
Isn’t that a great promise? It tells us that we are never being ‘picked on,’ or punished for any real or delusional shortcomings on our part. Spirit is not singling you out for any special punishment or shame. We share one spiritual consciousness. How we use it, what we create from it—that’s completely up to us. If we feel we’re experiencing more than our share of challenges, it’s simply that we are placing our faith in the power of the problem instead of the Presence of the perfect solution.
There is always a way forward. We just have to redirect our faith. We can always, absolutelyknow that, as spiritual Beings, we will never be overcome by the shadows of fear-based ideas. How long we hold on to them is up to us, of course; but we will, at some time, make new choices that express our faith in spiritual Truth.
So however tempting it may be to wallow in self-pity, it’s counter-productive. What’s more, it isn’t even fun any longer, not really. It isn’t more difficult to live in chaotic days, it just take more focus. The only effective response to a sense of complication in our lives is to remember always to Put Spirit First. Make the Truth of who you are the primary focus of every moment. Everything else will fall easily into its perfect place.