Author: Ron Graham
You can suffer loss in many ways in this world, because so many things are uncertain. However, you can cope with loss —not easy, but possible.
Another kind of loss is not some traumatic sudden loss, but simply losing your way in life. You look back over the years and wonder where you took the wrong turn, where you missed a crucial opportunity. What happened to the dreams?
This kind of loss can lead to your viewing your life as a failure, and therefore you suffer the loss of your self esteem. This is a great loss, and yet you have more control over keeping your self esteem than you have over most other things. God sees more in our lives than we do. Often our comparisons and viewpoints are false.
Regardless of mistakes we might have made, our self esteem should rely on God's word, not our own uncertainties about ourselves. God says, "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. If we are children, then we are also heirs —heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him in order that we may be glorified with him" (Romans 8:16-17). In the midst of our sufferings and loss, we know this to be certainly true and "the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18).
The Bible brings to us from very ancient times, various principles for coping with loss. Job suffered the sudden loss of everything but his very life. He lost wealth, family, and health. He was in misery. But one thing he did not lose was his relationship with God. Here are some of the principles that Job learned and held to...