Have you ever experienced a setback or failure and had a tough time regaining your confidence? Well, if your answer was ‘yes’, know that you’re not alone – everybody has them!
In life we are often taken aback by unexpected events. Sometimes these events are beneficial and help us achieve our goals. However, more often than not, we face challenges that have the potential to permanently derail us from making our dreams come true.
There are some things in life we simply can’t control, and sometimes our course will be altered because of them. Instead of focusing on the things you can’t control, to deal with life’s setbacks, you must focus on what you can control.
In 2 Kings 5 the story is told of Naaman (a Commander of Syrian army) who was “a great man in the sight of his master and highly regarded”. He was a great leader and was at the height of his career. He was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy and was in need of God’s help. Naaman, the powerful Commander, found himself to be powerless.
And that is an all too familiar place where many people find themselves. Many find themselves in some situations that you just can’t control. Naaman had a setback (leprosy) and he couldn’t control it; but he could control his response to it.
Naaman heard about a guy named Elisha and that his God had the power to heal him. Naaman got his posse together and headed to meet Elisha and have his need met. When he arrived Elisha didn’t even come out to meet him, but he sent a servant and told him to go take a bath in the Jordan River. Naaman’s path to overcome his setback was not difficult … it was different! Obeying God was not what Naaman was expecting; and sometimes our path to recovery is not difficult. All we have to do is just obey God!
Here are some steps that may help you to recover from a setback:
1. Obey God: obey the leading of God through His word, through the Holy Spirit, and through His Prophet.
2. Reframe the “setback”: Instead of a “setback,” call it a life-learning experience.
3. Accept responsibility: Carefully examine the events that led up to this experience. Decide which ones you could have altered, and which ones were beyond your control. You are responsible for the choices you make, and you can resolve to make better choices in the future. Next time, what will you do differently?
4. Persevere: Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Often, learning from your setbacks means changing your behaviors in ways that will lead to success, but not giving up on your goals.
Know this one thing … “A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback!”