Crisis in life can be crippling and extremely discouraging. It can make one wallow in the seas of depression and never wish to be rescued. What makes any crisis difficult to deal with is the thought of having to start all over again. It is very disheartening to think that all the efforts you put in to achieve your dreams may not have been successful. Everyone has experienced moments where they felt like throwing in the towel. Moments that make us feel like the pain, sweat, and tears are not going to be worth it.

So how can we bounce back after a crisis? 

MOURN 

Ecc 3:4 BBE A time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for sorrow and a time for dancing; 

Interestingly, it seems counterintuitive for one to be advised to mourn after a crisis. Many ‘experts’ would tell you to stay strong and move on. The truth is, mourning is an important part of the process of healing. You need to allow yourself to heal by mourning your loss. Healthy mourning is not a sign of failure but a sign of strength. In order to let go of the disappointments, you need to allow yourself to let go of all the emotions, cry if you have to.  Allow your emotions to flow, and then move on! 

REFLECT. 

The next stage is a moment of reflection. This is a stage for being objective and analytic rather than emotional. You need to think about what you did wrong and what you could have done better to avoid the situation you find yourself in. Think about these things because they would help you plan towards the future. The fact that you have a crisis doesn’t mean that life won’t go on and you won’t have the opportunity to try new things…you definitely would.

Trying something and not getting the results gives you the knowledge and experience to diagnose what was wrong with your initial approach. 

DON’T LEAVE GOD OUT 

1Th 5:18 BBE In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

It is easy to blame God in periods of crisis. Human nature is such that once we begin to face difficulties, we begin to lose our faith. We tend to point fingers at God for not doing His job. Many people have left the faith because they went through certain hard times. We need to realize that sometimes, a crisis is ways for God to strengthen us and mould our character.

No matter what we go through in life, we need to constantly give thanks to God. We need to have an attitude of gratitude towards Him because He has been merciful towards us and deserves every glory He can get. In our quest to bounce back from crisis, God must be involved because He is the only one that can point us in the right direction. 

LIVE AGAIN  

After a crisis, do not be afraid to live life again. Try new things or try old things in new ways. Somebody once said that trying something and not being successful at it isn’t so much of a bad thing because it is a learning curve.

It helps you identify the wrong options and cancel them out. No matter what happens remember not to give up. Remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!