My Response Determines my Outcome

When we face hardship, it’s normal to retrieve from life for a time. It’s normal to grieve and go through various emotions, ranging from sorrow to anger. However, my response determines my outcome more than my hardship.

If you are weighed down by a mountain that seems impossible to move, be encouraged to know that you are not alone. Everyone faces mountains of magnitude at some point in their lives.

How do we cross these mountains as victors when we feel so weak and frail? How do we get to the other side when we feel like life has thrown us a curveball that’s disconnected us from it all?

I see a picture of God handing us a ball of clay, saying, ‘Your curveball is as this clay. It is pliable, it is not a rock that can’t be moved or manipulated. If you choose to see this ball that seems so solid, as clay within your hands, you will recognise that your touch can alter its shape.’

You might not be able to change or remove the challenge you face, but by changing your perspective and response to your hardship, your outcome will be determined. There is a time to mourn and be overwhelmed, but there is a time to take hold of your heart and preach to your soul. Speaking life over what seems dead, picking up the reigns that shouldn’t be left.

Many times people’s outcomes are worse than their initial challenge or curveball… the things they feared in the midst of their storm became their reality. We must be watchful stewards of our lives, aware that our response to what life gives us, determines our outcome more than the actual curveball.

Let’s ask God for grace in the place of our treading. We need His strength and wisdom when we can’t see beyond the storm. When we allow His working, He changes us in the midst of what we face… so that we can respond in ways we never thought or imagined possible.

He flattens our mountains and breaks down our hills. He causes new life to sprout on the soil we once considered impenetrable rock.

Isaiah 45:2,3

2I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

3And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Romans 8:28

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Proverbs 3:5,6

5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


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