Just a little while ago, a fellow blogger went through a minor crisis of confidence. It was great to see the "blog support swarm" that answered him and helped him through a rough patch of road, for it is indeed a journey we are on. We exchanged some emails which I thought were rather enlightening and I am very glad to see that he is back in top form. He feels a little foolish about this very brief episode in his life. I just want to iterate a few truths - well, I see them as truths - as to why this happens and why he should take comfort from his experience.
Because things work out whether we like it or not.
WE ALL get discouraged.
Life takes its toll on us because .... We live.
It's that simple. It's not easy. It's not pleasant. Just simple - because, sometimes, life really sucks.
How we respond is important.
How family and friends respond can be even more important.
God tested Job by allowing Satan to take from him all that he loved. In Job 2:9, while Job is lamenting the loss of his entire family and fortune, his wife has this to say to him:
"Are you still holding on to your integrity?
Curse God and die!"
Of course Job responded, "Gee, Thanks honey!"
We need each other - that's why God in His Wisdom created us as social creatures. If you want, please refer to the first chapter of His Owner's Manual, Genesis 2:18 where the Manual states that "...It is not good that the man should be alone." Or futher on in the Manual where it states in Ecclesiastes 4:10 "If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"
It's the engineering. We are hardwired if you prefer.
We are all fellow travelers trying to reach the same destination. We really can't describe where we are going, we don't even agree with all the other passengers on how to get there, but we all want the same thing. That's what freedom is. Life, liberty and the pursuit of whatever it is that keeps us sane and happy without pissing off too many other people who are seeking the same thing. That's why good fences make good neighbors.
And we see that all going to hell in a handbasket.
Don't be discouraged, don't give up. We have just joined a decades old battle and the best thing to do is stick together. If you see someone fall, stop what you're doing and help him get back on his or her feet. Dust them off. See what else you can do for them and rejoin the battle as quickly as possible.
Pray for each other - that's really important.
Pray for our Country.