Monday, March 21, 2016

Falling Down

The game of dominoes is not one I've ever played, but I do remember setting them up in a row to be knocked over. There are even online videos of intricate, lengthy circles and rows ready to be pushed down. It's a fascinating thing to watch, but is less enthralling when it feels like your personal life is being treated like a row of dominoes.

There are times when it seems as if one circumstance after another piles up and knocks down our resistance, endurance, courage, and health. It feels like this falling motion is completely out of control and we have to wait for everything to hit the floor before we can recover. How can we stop this from happening? How do we regain some of our lost courage and find a way to stop the cycle of disappointment and pain? Is there a way out or are we doomed to waiting out this pattern and hoping we have strength at the end to survive?

When things are threatening to careen out of control, we have to learn to ask for help. It’s extremely difficult to jump in front of the avalanche and stop this momentum on our own. It is possible, however, to halt this destructive pattern if we humbly ask for help. In fact, it’s the only way we can expect to find lasting recovery from the hurts we are enduring.

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