Do You Ever Feel Like Hope is Lost?
It is easy at times to feel like all hope is lost.
If you are feeling that way, you are not alone.
The world is in complete chaos.
My mind has felt overwhelmed this past week and I was blessed to find clarity through some simple inspiration.
When the noise seems unbearable and hope is dwindling, what can we do?
I want to share two things I believe can help us if we make it our focus.
The First Thing: We Have to Get Past the Noise
This last week it kind of came to a head for me.
As I was consuming news, I felt like the internal noise was becoming so loud that I couldn’t even handle it anymore.
At that moment I felt an almost repulsion towards my phone.
I realized just how destructive it is to have a constant flow of noise and information into our minds.
As I took a step back, I realized how little time I am taking for my mind to reflect and process its own thoughts.
The noise was replacing any chance I had of getting clear inspiration.
I believe time and reflection is how God speaks to us – and how we sort through information and make important decisions.
And if we are allowing outside noise to constantly fill that space, we are more likely to be anxious and nervous.
It was at that moment that I decided it’s time to step back from the constant bombardment of noise that comes from my phone and take my mind back.
While I am only a few days into it, I am feeling a great deal more peace.
I still use media to be informed, I am just more in control of when I allow it to flow into my mind.
More of my time is being used for reading and reflection.
The Second Way: Serve Others
I came across this quote from Booker T. Washington this past week:
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
I believe this quote to be absolutely true.
This is concept I have long understood, but what a great reminder.
Another way that we can get past the internal noise is to step outside ourselves and help others.
It is easy to dwell upon our own misfortune, but as we focus on the needs of others, our worries seem less important.
I remember this principle very clearly when my father-in-law passed away.
My mother-in-law was immediately out serving other people.
She could have sat around and felt sorry for herself, but she didn’t do that.
She was out serving and helping others around her.
That doesn’t mean the pain wasn't there – it absolutely was.
But what it did do is bring peace as she stepped away from her sadness and helped others.
There is healing in service.
This isn't to downplay the struggles or worries that we all have.
We cannot run from these important issues - that won't make them go away or help us heal from them.
But I do believe that service makes it much easier to deal with the struggles of life.
It really helps us understand what issues are important and worthy of our focus.
There is unity that is built between individuals as we serve one another.
We all know that unity is something our country needs desperately right now.
Make it a priority to serve in your neighborhood - which is where we can typically have the most impact.
The world is in turmoil.
Chaos is everywhere we turn.
At times like this, it is increasingly important that we focus on fortifying ourselves and our families.
Try to limit the internal noise that only makes us anxious and frustrated.
Use that time instead for reflection and learning.
Use it to step aside from your worries and serve those around you.
I am convinced – because I have seen it in my life – that these two acts will help limit the noise and bring internal peace.
If we want the direction we need from God in difficult times, we need to have our minds right so He can speak to us.
Thanks for reading and God bless,
Founder of Freedom Elements