Bad things happen all the time. Hard things hit us without warning. There’s no way around the sin of Adam and Eve and the natural disasters of Earth. We can look at our lives in two main ways. One – that everything ‘bad’ in life always happens to us. Or, two – that ‘life’ simply happens to everybody. The way in which we choose to approach the reality of living in a broken world will be one of the defining moments in our lives.
The definition of SURVIVOR is this: a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks.
In Matthew 8:5-13 we learn the Centurion is accustomed to knowing what he is responsible for and making it happen. He is used to his voice directing men. He knows that when he does his part, others can do theirs. So, how does this help? How does this help him get the miracle he is in need of?
He couldn’t solve the problem but he did what he could. He couldn’t heal the servant but he went to someone who could. He didn’t sit there crying, “Poor me. Why has this happened to me? What am I going to do now? Life is so hard.” He may have had those thoughts initially, but eventually he went out to do something about it. He had a SURVIVOR MENTALITY: “I can’t do everything but I can do something.” In fact, he was so confident that if he played his role well and Jesus did His, everything would eventually work out.
A SURVIVOR is a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks. God wants you to function in your HARD THINGS. But not only that, He wants you to prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, and setback.
Please stop and say this out loud. (3 times)
“I don’t have to do it all … but I need to do something!”