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Look Beyond

medium_5574501064Last year has ended in such a wonderful way. Several happenings made me grow as a person, as a man and as a Christian. As the new year started, my heart has never been so excited to discover what the Lord has in store for me for this year. All I know that He is always good and whatever I have experienced in the past, He’ll do better in the future. Exciting, isn’t it?

During the first week of this year, I embraced the new beginning in full knowledge that it’s going to be a tough year, particularly because of work. Being in the sales industry is really nerve-wracking as it will pressure and push you on every side, everyday. But, as early as the beginning of the year, God has taught me to look beyond what can be easily seen. He taught me to look beyond all the struggles that I will be facing, being reminded that He will be my faithful companion every step of the way.

High sales targets and plans & programs not yet concrete are adding up the pressure. Just this afternoon, I had experienced the worst feeling ever in my entire stint in the sales industry. It’s crunchtime. As the month is about to end, sales target has to be attained. Everyone in the office is going nuts. Stress everywhere. You can feel it. People talk about frustrations and the should-have-been’s and the could-have-been’s. The negative environment makes the situation heavy. Having felt this I while ago, I tried to separate myself from the situation and observe it from afar. While doing so, I was reminded about the encouragement God has told me at the beginning of this year:

“We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken… So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.” 1 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-17

There is nothing like the feeling of getting assured of God’s presence to be with me in everything I do. The verse teaches and reminds me that my journey for this year (and in the next years to come) is not going to be and will never be easy. I have to face it with enough courage coming from the grace of God.

I’m sure that what I felt a while ago in the office is just the beginning of the many struggles at work, but I am ready to face them because God’s presence will be with me. My only prayer is for the Lord to give my heart an overflowing joy despite of everything that could happen.

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