When I first married Richard and became a part of this ministry, my father-in-law taught me a very simple, but important, lesson. He told me, “Lindsay, you can either react or respond to life’s challenges.” He was right! His words still ring true for me today.
Whether you react or respond to the events of life can make the difference between defeat and victory, between a life of failure and a life of success. When difficulties arise, if you react to the situation, it will overtake you. But if you respond, you can overtake the situation!
Problems will always be around. If it’s not your health, it could be your finances. If it’s not your children, it could be your marriage. If it’s not terrorism in this country, it’s conflict and war abroad. The issue is not whether or not you will face problems; the issue is how you will face them. Each of us has a choice.
Jesus declared, “My peace I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27 NASB). The world doesn’t give you Jesus’ peace; therefore, the world can’t take it away. And Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV reassures you that God will not leave you nor forsake you. He is with you to give you His peace no matter what problems arise.
You can react to your circumstances with fear, doubt, and worry―or you can respond with prayer and the confession of God’s Word. Whatever your situation, respond to it in faith and allow the peace of God that passes all understanding to flood your heart.