Three Keys to Survive the Storms of Life

How to survive the storms of life

Have you ever had one of those seasons where life just knocks you around? Where you completely lose sight of your vision, your goals are all but forgotten, and you’re doing your best just to get through each day? How do you survive the storms of life? I just got through one. Let me explain.

How to survive the storms of life

Merry Christmas Baby!

My career is in insurance, and when hurricane Sandy pummeled the northeast I suddenly found myself in New Jersey for several weeks. Then in December, our son was born (Say hello to Hudson!). Both my professional and my personal life were demanding insane amounts of time and energy.

Chaos ruled the day.  For two months I didn’t exercise, didn’t listen to podcasts, didn’t read, didn’t post, didn’t stay connected on Facebook…you get the picture. (Speaking of picture…how cute is this!)

How to Survive the Storms of Life

1. Drop All Extra Cargo

Remember the story of Paul’s shipwreck in the book of Acts? Here he is in the middle of a huge storm and how did the keep afloat? By throwing all of the non-essential cargo overboard.

When chaos reigns, you stay grounded by focusing on only your top priorities and nothing else. Forget about any secondary goals and desires. Just throw them off for a season knowing you can get to them later when the storm subsides. And forget about balance. This is all about focusing only on what matters most and not even worrying about anything else.

2. Set Your Anchor

If your soul isn’t anchored in God you’re going to get blown all over, especially in the storms of life. Even though my time in New Jersey was chaotic, I managed to carve out a little time on most mornings to grab my bible and some coffee and spend time with God.

I can’t tell you how refreshing this is. There is a rest that is deeper than sleep, and you can only find it in God. Despite several nights of just a few hours of sleep I was able to smile through the chaos because I was tapping into an endless source of joy and peace that wasn’t dependent on my circumstances. The harder the winds blow the more secure your anchor needs to be.

My storm was caused by incredible busyness. But you may be experiencing a storm of great sorrow or loss. The principles here are still the same, but I’d say the greater the pain, the deeper your anchor needs to be.

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
3. Enjoy the Journey

I have two babies now…one beautiful 15 month old girl and a handsome 3 week old boy. Oh…and I work from home. Oh and I’m still slammed with work thanks to Hurricane Sandy. So life for me is still very chaotic. But it’s my life and I embrace it.

Despite all the poopy diapers, sleepless nights, long days of work interrupted by children crying, I know that I only get one shot at this. I only get one January 7th, 2013 to hold Hudson or play on the floor with Macey. So instead of cursing this season I bless it. I live in it rather than wishing it were over. Before I know it I’ll be sending these kids off to college.

Life is too fast, so learn to enjoy the journey, even with its twists and turns.

You have to keep perspective. Realize it’s just a season. And don’t forget you have an enemy (see 1 Peter 5:8)…God is on your side through this so work together with him.

If this has helped you, or if you have other tips you’d like to share on how to survive the storms of life, please leave us a comment!

-Wesley

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