Practical Tips for Surviving Shitty Things (For Christians)
- Know what you are fighting, get scriptured #theBible
- Don’t pretend that this is none of your business, and none of theirs
- If you listen to music, listen to music about God for a week and see what happens
- If you need encouragement, don’t forget how many online sermons there are for this specific purpose…#blessed
- Your friends can’t solve your problems, and if you are using them instead of Jesus, it will actually hurt them because there’s no way you’re going to listen if you haven’t listened to God. Srsly. They can speak words of encouragement to you, they may be able to shoot you some verses, but most people get scared when they see you drowning. They want to help. Not everyone knows how effective listening is over anything else, and not everyone has any idea what you’re going through, let alone whatever the hell you’re talking about (or not). You should remember that your people are people and Jesus is Jesus and for the sake of us all and God, please sort them out (HINT: THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL DO THIS FOR YOU IF YOU ASK).
- Admit you are wrong. Confession. Just because you’ve admitted it doesn’t mean it’s over. Be the example you tried to destroy. It isn’t your works that will justify you, but his forgiveness. The goodness and knowledge of good and evil will convict others and bless them as he wills it, trust that your suffering wasn’t in vain but will be used for his glory. After all, he could have easily smited you, amirite? Keep going and shut up. Take it from me, saying nothing is the best medicine, right after laughter.
- Find ways to forgive yourself. This could be making terrible jokes. This could be making terrible art. This could be bake-pocalyse 2015. The entire point is that you are pursuing the love he put in your heart instead of running from it. Keep going.
- Eventually you will look upon the cupcakes you didn’t burn (because you make baller cupcakes) and realize that that too was a blessing. Burn some, save some; it’s the name of the game.
- If you are in utter despair, dare to praise. Seriously. I bet I can’t sing louder than you? See that? You just lifted up God’s name in worship. Fabulous. Now, give him the strength to break everything else and lift up your story over all of it. Goodness gracious, thank God. Worth it every time.
- Recognize what is good, and celebrate it. It’s a habit aged like wine. Don’t forget to make it small before you make it ungrateful.
- Realize that none of us is actually ever to fully follow this list. I typed it quickly, because why not? Also, run into the flames instead of from them, nobody needs a Jonah.
All the love,