Last week, I was in New Orleans with other 40+ entrepreneurs and we were walking to the lunch buffet as the aroma of chicken and steak filled the hallway.
My friend Dan asked, “Have you been here before?” and I told him I was in 2003. I jokingly said it was somewhat awkward because it was with my ex-wife.
My friend Erin looked at me with big eyes, shocked with disbelief. I gave her the 20-second version of the heartbreak I went through. Then I waited for it…
… and waited…
and waited. Fortunately, she never said it. The cliche’ that drives me nuts. The same cliche’ I used to say myself until I knew better. Many Christians say it…“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
Oh yes He will.
When my ex-wife suddenly left me, I was devastated, confused, overwhelmed, and depressed. It was more than I could bare. I tried to get through it with alcohol. I failed. I tried to get through it with food. I failed. I tried bursts of anger, yelling as loud as possible. I failed.
I finally gave in. My friend begged me to check out a message called, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” at a nearby church… so I went.
And on the walk back to my car, I decided to place my burdens not in alcohol, food, or bursts of anger, but instead at the feet of my Creator.
Soon after that, I met my current wife of 11 years, Sabrina. Without the suffering I went through, I wouldn’t appreciate what we have. God used that trial to make me stronger. And He will make you stronger, too…
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
– 1 Peter 5:10
So brace yourself. He WILL give you more than you can handle at times. It’s part of His unique #RiseandHustle plan for you.