When It Seems Like There Is Nothing You Can Do: Do Something!

In the Bible there is a story in which the Israelites were facing an enormous army of Philistines. Saul, the Israelite king, did nothing. However, his son Jonathan went and began to challenge some of the Philistines.
Jonathan’s actions caused the rest of the Philistine army to be frightened and confused and it began the unraveling of their power.
What does this story tell us? When we are faced with a problem we can sit back like Saul and worry, fret, ponder, get angry, etc. Or we can take action like Jonathan did and take whatever steps we can to improve the situation. This small effort often helps us to diffuse the larger problem (“The vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction.” (I Samuel 14:16 )).
This week when something negative arises, rather than feeling victimized or powerless, do something–it doesn’t have to be dramatic. Take a walk, read a book, call a friend, kneel down and pray, clean the bathroom, build a puzzle with your child, etc. See if you don’t begin to see the problem lessen in magnitude in your mind.

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