But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Therefore,
my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in
the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15: 57, 58

There is so much happening in the world today that can shake our faith and wilt our
courage. Everyone seems to know people who have been negatively affected by big
and small events that are out of their control. Each of us is feeling this
pressure in our own lives, too. We are not helpless, and we are not hopeless.
There are things that we all can do to improve on the way that we make it
through every day. However, before we start to do anything or even start to
plan anything; there is a preparatory step that seems to be very compelling. If
I am to be successful in developing an action plan that will have a real
chance of accomplishing a worthwhile result, my heart and my mind need to be
oriented toward God and focused in on His perspective.

It is crucial that I thank Him for the life that I have and for His involvement
in it. The realization that God is supreme over everything and everyone and
that His righteous love has already won every battle and controls every
meaningful outcome establishes a sound platform for my mind to start from in
moving forward through this day. Through Jesus, I will not fail, and my
struggles will be resolved. With the Lord’s direction, the bad, the terrifying,
and the uncertain will become joy.

In these hard times it is very easy to become distracted and to start to spend my time
and my energy on the wrong objectives. It is very human to set goals and to
create plans for their achievement that are totally off track. That is why I
need to start the process by turning all of my attention toward God and His
will. Then, my plans are set on the things that serve Him; thus, they are
established on things that will always pay the highest returns. Through this
process of finding my strength in Christ and of seeking to serve Him, my issues
and concerns also find resolution.