We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- II Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV

So many things can get built up into a huge mountain in my mind. I worry about it. I picture the worst case scenario – then picture it even worse … until pretty soon I’m panicking under a ton load of worry and fear.

Do you do that?

Do you take the small shadow across the room and give it claws and monstrous teeth and build it up until you’re afraid to turn around? Well, I have a word for you, a word for me – it’s harder in your head.

You may have lost your job and are worried about how the bills will be paid. How will you afford food? How will the children go to school? I have to say to you, “It’s harder in your head”.

Being unemployed is never easy but worrying about it doesn’t make it better or easier to bear. At times like this we have to remember that all the resources in the world belong to God. Call on him. Cast your cares on him (I Peter 5:7) and he will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19).

Maybe you’re experiencing a challenge with diet and exercise but – and I’m preaching to myself here – it’s harder in your head. We condition our minds to believe that we can’t resist a particular dish or we can’t do that first thing to get our bodies in motion. But it’s harder in our heads.

The Holy Spirit is there to help us if we would only tap into his power. If only we would believe the promises of God and remember that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.

The next time we’re faced with something that seems unsurmountable let’s remind ourselves:

I am hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed

This [insert your thing here] may be painfully hard but as long as I have life, I have a fighting chance.

I am perplexed, but not in despair;

I am baffled, confused, bewildered but I’m not without hope. My hope is found in Jesus.

I am persecuted, but not forsaken;

The enemy [or, whatever your thing is] is trying to get me, but I do not have to go through this alone. Jesus has promised that he will never leave me nor forsake me.

I have been struck down, but I am not destroyed

I may be down on the ground but I have not been destroyed I can still get up. I can still press on.

Keep pressing on my sister. Keep trying my friend. As you push through it, remember our mantra: ‘It’s harder in my head. I’m not in despair. I’m not forsaken. I’m not defeated. My victory is found in Jesus.’

What’s the thing that’s harder in your head? What steps will you take to get the “monster” down to size?