End of the Rope
Are you at the end of your rope? Are you beginning to wonder if you ever had a rope to begin with? Are you done with trying to figure out which Christian cliche you were supposed to be hiding behind living?
If you’ve been there, it’s likely that you noticed a dark-haired woman with slightly crazed eyes who was looking suspiciously at home at the rope bottom location. Yep, that would be me. I feel like I’ve been handed enough ropes in my lifetime to herd the entire population of cattle in Texas. A lot of times, it’s sadly and embarrassingly the very same issue that repeatedly places me at the bottom of said rope. Often, it’s a combination of lifetime long struggles, a hefty dose of self, and a generous helping of enemy-enforced lies. You would think I’d learn. I mean, really. I’m spiritually mature (Jason, if you’re reading this, you can stop laughing). At least, I think I am until I realize what a truly broken and humbled mess I can be.
Here’s the thing: It’s bad enough to get to the end of your rope, assuming the thing that got you there is pretty heavy on it’s own. Here’s when it becomes unbearable, though: when you start adding in to the list of issues with your own self-destructive tendencies. Now, not only are you not feeling well, but you’re also not enough. Not only are you facing financial pressure, but you’re also a poor provider. Not only are you fighting depression, but you’re also not spiritual enough. Not only are you facing issues with emotional bondage, but you’re also not stable enough.
Today, find encouragement. Separate the lies from the truth. What’s really going on in your life today and what’s been a sneaky add on that disguised it’s way into your truth while you weren’t looking? Put lies in their place – no where near you. Speak truth over your situation. Deflate the monster that your problems have become by exposing them to the reality of simple truth. That truth, of course, is the absolute truth of God’s Word and what He has to say about your situation.
You’re going to be okay. Even more? You’re going to be better than okay.