We’re all a little lost.
Too often, in the middle of adversity, doubt or suffering, we look at others as having it better than us. We wonder why their life is more organized, more on track, has direction, passion or maybe we’re just wondering why they always look so darn happy. And the truth is, maybe at that exact moment they are more organized, happy, etc… But that doesn’t mean they don’t also struggle.
No matter what the outside appearance may showcase, we’re all a little lost. All of us. Regardless of age, sex, race or creed – no one has it all together every second of everyday with complete and utter assurance of every decision that comes across the table of life.
We’re all searching. Searching for truth, for answers, for love, security, acceptance, home … you name it. We’re all a little lost. And that’s okay.
Two of the most common mistakes we all make when feeling lost:
Mistake #1: Comparison.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” (Theodore Roosevelt).
I’ve found myself looking at old friends wondering why I haven’t done all they have done at this stage in my life. I’ve found myself looking at new friends who are in stages of life I have already left and then reminiscing of what I could have done differently.
When we start comparing ourselves to others, we begin losing our way even more. We all are on our own unique path to greatness and each path will assuredly have its own unique challenges, setbacks and sufferings. In order to do what we’ve been called and made for, we absolutely cannot compare our lives or talents to others.
Mistake #2: Looking to the Past.
“Be not the slave of your own past” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
When we are lost we often look back to find our way, when we should be looking forward, or better yet, looking up.
Looking to the past might shed light on how we ended up where we are, but it doesn’t always give us direction for moving on. Whatever the issue, giving it to God, asking for His help and moving forward with Him will never fail us.
Ten inspiring Bible verses for when feeling lost:
1. “For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
2. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord…” (Jeremiah 29: 11-14).
3. “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.” (John 14:1).
4. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29).
5. “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
6. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
7. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2).
8. “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).
9. “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ (Luke 15: 4-6).
10. “And behold, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20).
Feeling lost does not equate to our worth, it is only a reminder that we are human and have been created for communion with God and others.
Whatever you’re feeling, whatever the reality is for you –never forget that your worth is not dependent on the opinion of others (who are probably also lost but just pretending to have their stuff together).
Seek your path and your identity in Christ, for He will not forsake you, He will never abandon you.
You will find your way.