10152006_819325761430911_4363923901241748727_nBlood Moon Photo by Brian Zurita, Plainfield, IL 4/15/14

Did it happen? Is it happening? Blood moon, Russia, Ukraine, national debt, major shootings almost every day, continued and escalating natural disasters: some have predicted it’s the end of the world. However, beyond the end time conspiracy suggestions and theories, there is an overwhelming cloud of desperation that looms heavy upon the hearts of mankind.

For many, it feels like the end of the world not because of the list provided above but the daily circumstances that sometimes make living almost unbearable. We are broken, we are worried, we struggle to make ends meet, we aim for high goals and often find ourselves digging ourselves out and gasping for breath. Our fairytale dreams are materializing into more of a nightmare or at best a blasé biography. Life hasn’t measured up to the standards we set or those imposed on us by others.

We are the abused, lonely, exhausted, disheartened, perplexed and damaged. Things were going better but then the first drop of pain fell from the sky. It began to shower and now it’s a consistent downpour. Our foundations shake, our fears overwhelm, and our tears fall almost daily. It must be the end of the world.

My friend, no matter how hard it is to take another step forward, I encourage you to turn down the covers, crawl out of bed, and face the day BECAUSE it is a NEW day. Life has not ended. In fact, today may be the first day of a new beginning. Leap from your worries, throw back the covers of uncertainty, put on your running shoes, and face your next few moments and hours with the promise that “He will never leave you or forsake you.” “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

It is NOT the end of the world. “Don’t let life happen to you. You happen to life!” Today provides you another opportunity to breath, learn, live, and love. Never forget that your story matters. He has not forgotten you. Everything will be made beautiful – jump out of your dismay, depression, and discomfort and make it happen!!



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