THEME: “TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, TOUGH PEOPLE DO”
DAY 2. Read Luke 21:25-37
THE CAUSES OF TOUGH TIMES
Key Text: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew. 24:13).
The midlife crisis causes tough times. As we get older, we begin to see changes in our lives, physically and mentally. So, there comes a time during our ageing process when we seek answers about the changes happening to and around us.
Breakup in a relationship causes tough times. Breakdown in relationships causes emotional stress for many, and in some cases cause health challenges. “Broken friendship can become either a full stop or a comma in your life, the choice is yours to make it either of the two.”
Divorce brings about tough times. Those who have gone through a divorce will testify that it goes along with so much emotional turmoil and pain. Divorce at times goes with regrets and counter – accusations.
Getting older brings tough times. Managing ourselves during old age could be tough. I recall an old lady who once visited me in the company of her young daughter. When they were departing, as I was escorting her to her car, I tried assisting her to get down the roadside kerb as gently as possible so that she did not hurt herself. She then retorted, “It is expensive to be an old person.”
Losing your life assets and investments causes personal trauma. I recall a friend of mine losing a large amount of money he invested in shares. It was not easy for him to cope with the loss.
Death of a loved one is a tough time. Most times, it causes much sorrow and pain. I know a lady who developed dementia when she lost her husband. She is typical of many others who develop one ailment or another due to the death of their loved ones. Adjusting when we lose a loved one is usually painful.
Failure comes with its pain. When we fail an examination, fail in a project, fail in an endeavor, it causes tough times.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to cope when the times become tough for me.
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