5 Steps to Overcoming Challenges

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Life is full of difficult situations, and some will seem impossible. Here are five steps for overcoming life’s toughest challenges with perseverance and strength through prayer, faith, and action.

Step 1: You are not alone

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

–Isaiah 41:10

Know that whatever challenge you are facing – God is with you. The Lord is with you every step of the way and will not abandon you.

Pray. Secondly, don’t try to face your struggles alone. Seek and accept help from other Christians. There is greater strength in numbers. Jesus said:

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

– Matthew 18:20

Step 2: Acknowledging the situation

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”

– Romans 14:12

This step involves several things. The first is acknowledging a problem exists. This means eliminating wishful thinking and denial. In many cases, it also means admitting that we may be the cause of the problem. And that’s okay. It’s not about coming down on someone or yourself over what’s wrong. What’s important is recognizing the problem exists, then taking the next step – doing something about it.

Step 3: Taking action

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

–Luke 1:37

No matter what we face, with God’s help, we can overcome it. Wishful thinking doesn’t make problems go away. We must pray and ask for God’s help; we also need to listen to God’s instructions. Sometimes it is not God’s will to solve our problems – God wants us to take action. It is through action that we grow and become strengthened. In this step, you should consider what led up to the problem and how to avoid letting this reoccuer. Then, work on how to solve it. Again, please don’t feel you have to solve it alone. The bigger the challenge, the more likely you will benefit by seeking help and support from others.

Step 4: Taking responsibility

“For each will have to bear his own load.”

–Galatians 6:5

We are responsible for everything in our lives. Even if someone else caused a problem, ultimately, it’s up to us to fix it. Bad things may have happened to us in the past, but we own the moment we live in now. Prayer may help solve the problem. But more often than not, it’s a combination of prayer and action on our part.

Step 5: Acceptance and forgiveness

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and wisdom to know the difference.”

– Serenity prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

If you’ve acknowledged the problem, prayed, taken action to make changes, and stayed committed to your cause – if done the best you can do. Some things we can change, and some things we can’t. The serenity prayer above eloquently makes this point.

Continue to do your best and focus on good things for yourself and others. Forgive yourself and others for offenses or items that have gone wrong.

There will always be challenges in life. But stay joyful, knowing that God is always with you no matter the ups and downs.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

–Romans 12:12