Throughout life, we all experience ups and downs. Some have more ups, some have more downs. Either way, it’s never fun when you go through the downtimes. When I go through the downtimes, I like to call it “The Dip.” You know, life seems to be on the up and up and then you just have one (or more) of those days. The days where you’re just in a funk. It’s not that everything in the world is bad, it’s just that you can’t seem to “get over hump” so-to-speak. Here are some facts you need to know about “The Dip.”
1. You’re going to have them
The Bible says in Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me.”
The reality is that we all go through valleys. John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That’s the bad news and the good news. The bad news is that we are going to face “The Dip.” The good news is that you don’t have to stay there. That’s why I love the term “walking through the valley.” The reason we go through the “dips” in life is so that we can appreciate the mountain-tops that much more!
2. It’s not the end
Most of us, when faced with struggles, tend to allow the circumstances affect our level of joy. I want to make a statement that I heard several years ago and it has helped me through the “dips” in my life.
My joy is NOT determined by the circumstances around me. My joy is determined by what Christ is doing IN me and THROUGH me.
I believe Satan loves it when we go through the dips because we’re not effective when the focus is on us. Next time you find yourself in a “dip”, rise above your circumstances and show the world that the joy that comes from God is far superior to the circumstances in your life.
“Whatever happens, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.” – Philippians 3:1