“If it’s meant to be, it will be.”

“Whatever happens, happens.”

“Let it go. If it’s for you, it will come back.”

And so forth. And so on.

Do find yourself trying to answer every problem or circumstance in your life with a worn-out cliche? Do you find that’s the easy, go-to answer for everyone else in your life when they ask for advice- or when they aren’t asking, and you’re ready to spout off a quick, memorized, annoying sentence like the ones above?

I know I’m guilty as charged. And oh, how it grates on my nerves to hear those words spoken at me! But lately, I’ve been wondering if there isn’t a better way. 32316_Trail_Hike_5

There comes a point in each of our lives where those phrases just aren’t doing our circumstances justice anymore. We need substance. We need a word of encouragement or a truth-telling, loving friend to stand with us as we face whatever we are facing. And while yes, it’s true that life happens around us and most of the time, we aren’t in control of the things that shift and change, but we do control how we react and what we cling to in those times of confusion or doubt.

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”   -1 Peter 1:6-7  

All kinds of trials. All kinds of worries, doubts, fears, uncertainties. And without hope and faith, the only feeble answer we can give for these things as we walk through them is, “Everything happens for a reason,” or “Que sera, sera.” The problem is, there isn’t any hope in those words. Hope literally means, “the feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” And when we put our faith in Christ, we have the assurance that as we experience the hard times in this life, He has a greater plan and a bigger destiny for us than we can ask or imagine. And we can put our hope in that promise!

So I’m challenging us today- stop using these go-to phrases, and start speaking hope and life into your situations and into the lives of others. Test it out. See if it changes your mindset and brings a fresh perspective into your circumstances. And whatever you are facing today, know that you are fiercely loved by the God who created the universe, and Who wants to unleash such unspeakable joy and peace into your heart.

Happy Wednesday!