JWT 012: What to Do When The World Keeps Swinging

Earlier this week life came flying in from all different directions. I was caught in a thought vortex and not sure of when it was going to stop.

I sat paralyzed in my office fearing what might come next. I began believing I wasn’t going to be able to get it all done in the days and weeks to follow. Anxiety weighed in, worry sat down in my heart and I became deeply concerned. I was crippled in my own mind.

Figuring out even the smallest next step seemed daunting and impossible.

Do you know what this feels like? I can only imagine how you do. In the deafening moment in my mind while sitting in my chair a loud and true thought came shouting to the front:

We are fighting for our lives

We are in a fight for the lives God has for us.

We are in a fight. Do not let anyone convince you otherwise. We battle hard in this life and there is nothing greater our enemy, Satan, would rather do than to destroy us.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 5:12

What he can’t destroy he will divide. What he can’t divide he will discourage. This is what you and I are up against.

Swings come in all shapes and sizes

These days, the world gets its jabs in in all sorts of ways. It doesn’t always come in huge blows. Sometimes life’s small jabs pile up fatigue in our heart over time and cause us to want to throw in the towel.

This was me sitting paralyzed in my chair. I was beginning to feel tired and worn out from all that was piling up.

We have some options on the table when life feeds us a pile of left hooks.

1. Throw in the towel and give in.

Quitting looks like a good option. We’ll feel we made the right decision. Maybe stuff will shuffle off our plate. We may even feel better about caving because we bought into the idea we couldn’t do it.

But quitting isn’t an option. I won’t let you take it. I’ll tell you why in a moment.

2. Stand in the corner and pretend the bell didn’t ring.

You can buy into the lie there isn’t even a fight. Pretend you aren’t overwhelmed and jabs aren’t flying across your face.

The problem with this approach is nothing good ever came from being delusional.

It’s true. Doing our best to pretend life isn’t coming at us from every which way doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It just means we are choosing not to acknowledge it, calling it for what it is.

You and I need to learn to be better at calling life for what it is. It will get us further, faster in becoming the people God longs for us to be.

3. Step into every punch and let it destroy you.

I realize this option doesn’t sound so enticing, but it’s still an option. This is opposite to the above approach. The problem with this approach is it always brings defeat.

You’re better than defeat. You are a winner. Sure, you can’t do this on your own, but you can get the help you need.

I learned this when I was sitting in my cushy arm chair with my head spinning. I needed help. There was one person who could help me.

4. Allow Christ to carry you through the rounds.

I’ll be honest – all I know about boxing is what I’ve seen in the Rocky movies and a few Pay Per View fights from the 90’s. I’m pretty sure they aren’t keen on letting other people in the ring with you.

This is where the boxing metaphor breaks down. I’m dead without Christ in the ring with me. You are too.

In hindsight, the mental battle I was up against earlier this week wasn’t a jaw dropper, but it was enough for me to call for assistance in a moment of paralyzing proportions to my mind and soul.

In that moment, I needed Jesus. I came home, turned off the distractions and clung to him. He stepped in to handle some giants I was up against. He can do the same for you.

Here’s Why #4 is your best option

Christ has already won for you. This isn’t one of those messages where I’m going to tell you to punch the world back when it punches you. I don’t have the fight in me anymore to even try. Christ took the fall for you and me two thousand years ago. He won the battle so you and I can give every round to him.

This is why you can’t quit. Christ has already won. In quitting, you lose out on a life completely drenched in Christ’s victory over the things in life that paralyze your mind, heart, and soul.

But when you choose to stick it out, rolling with the punches as they come, at just the right moment you’ll have the power through Jesus to deliver a left hook knocking the enemy out.

Your Call to Action

  1. What are you up against this week? What thought vortex are you caught up in where you need to cling to Jesus?
  2. Which of these 4 options do you find yourself doing most of the time?
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  • Jake Thoele

    I have needed this for a long time, and I appreciate you and everything you are doing Ben 🙂 so thank you

    • Ben Weaver

      You bet, Jake!

  • Shauna Nicole

    Yes!!!

  • Sarah Siedenburg

    It’s good to hear that i am not the only one struggling this week! Thank you for the post and the clarity.

    • Ben Weaver

      Glad I can do it Thanks for sharing, Sarah!