I had a crisis on Thursday. I lost my credit card. I dug through the trash of smelly macaroni and cheese, rock hard cinnamon rolls and slimy brussel sprouts. No card. I checked the crevices
and pockets in my car. No card. I searched the house high and low including the laundry hamper. No card. I even ran my hands through the shredder bin in hopes of feeling pieces of a credit card, which was a ridiculous act. No card. Finally, I surrendered to my absent mindedness, became accountable for losing my card and returned to the real world.
Upon exiting my crisis in that moment, I was reminded that I could be faced with a true crisis, a life-changing crisis as many in my community had experienced this week.
A large employer in Oklahoma City laid off 700 employees. The media covered the story. The beautiful skyscraper maintained its dominance in the skylight while its heart broke as employees were told the news. All levels of employees filled boxes and exited the building. My heart was heavy for everyone employed there. My prayers were that God’s plan would prevail for every person whose world would be turned upside down in a moment. Many talented professionals are now on the market for a job. That’s a life-changing crisis.
A beloved wife of an Oklahoma City Thunder coach lost her life in a car accident. My heart was heavy for Coach Williams and their five children. My prayers were that this family would find peace and comfort. Over 900 attendees celebrated her life and her brave husband delivered a beautiful eulogy full of love, grace and inspiration. I watched his eulogy to his wife. He mentioned the woman who drove the other car and how her family needs prayers during this tragedy. They are suffering too. They need peace and comfort too. The man who just lost his everything thought of the other family. What a selfless man in so many ways. That’s a life-changing crisis.
Losing my credit card was not a life-changing crisis even though it was big to me in that moment. It was a life hiccup, a small life hiccup. However, I still have to deal with the hiccup and cure it.
No matter how big or how small your life’s hiccups may be, here are five steps to help you cure life’s hiccups in that moment:
- Breathe. Don’t hold your breathe like you do for real hiccups. Breathe!
- Feel the emotions. Do not jump into problem solving mode, which is the human tendency. If you stuff emotions, then you only hurt yourself.
- Pray. Give it to God. Let Him guide your solutions, so that you find peace. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
- Give thanks. Gain perspective of the situation and focus on the blessings in life. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
- Smile. Just smile or laugh. Laughing at the situation is a healer.
Life has brought hiccups to you. Life will continue to bring hiccups to you. These hiccups groom and grow you into the beautiful person that you are today and that you will be tomorrow. Whether you lost your credit card, lost your job or lost a loved one, God’s plan will prevail. Define yourself through the situation. Embrace yourself as you move forward. Love yourself for you are a beautiful creation inside and out!
P.S. – As I was doing laundry today while writing this post, guess what I found in the washing machine three days after my hiccup?!?!? THE credit card!! I am still laughing!
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