Have you found yourself in the gutter of life? Wondering what happened? Asking yourself, “How did I get here?” Plain or pretty. Young or old. Rich or poor. Job reminds us that “Man who is born of woman is few of days and full of trouble.” (Job14:1) Trouble will find you. It is inevitable. When you are down and out, there are only 2 types of people. You are either lying in the gutter face down…or face up. Face down with your nose in the murky muck. Stuck, staring into the muddy mess of your mistakes. Feeling like there is no hope…no future. Your breath won’t come and you feel like there is no air. Or, you are flat on your back looking up. Looking up into the sky viewing the dreams God still has for you. When you’re face up, you can declare with the Psalmist David that, “The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1).
How do you turn it around? Jesus shares in John 16:33 that, “In the world you will have trouble…but take courage; I have overcome the world.” You are not alone. You can overcome…even the in the most dire circumstances. Even in mistakes of your own making. The Savior who walked on water will lift you out of the mire and set your feet on solid ground.
A person usually winds up going in the direction they are facing. Cast your eyes upon Him. See Him. Reach for Him. Admit where you are. Realize whose you are. Your freedom is at hand. And by the way…winners always look up!
Tim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who is married to Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.