Responding to Setbacks


My post today comes from the inimitable Ray Edwards, and a recent podcast of his. You can check out Ray and sign up for his podcast here. I’ll let Ray take it from here…

“We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond – and what we believe about the setback.

Knowing how to face trials proactively is one of the top skills in business… and in life.


Here are 10 steps to transform setbacks into comebacks.

  1. See it for what it is.
  2. Remember God’s plan for you (Jer 29:11 and Romans 8:28)
  3. Ask good questions – questions that lead to helpful answers.
  4. Be careful what you think, see, and say.
  5. Notice what works; do more of that.
  6. Notice what doesn’t work; stop doing that.
  7. Live in the now. Avoid depression and anxiety.
  8. Move your body every day.
  9. Put good fuel in the machine.
  10. Fill your eyes with solutions.

Remember that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. (Matthew 6:34)”

This post requires us to get honest about ourselves and how we live our lives.

I especially love #5 and #6; stop doing everything, and concentrate on what is bringing lasting, positive benefits into your life.

I have been working hard on #’s 8, 9, and 10. I’m walking like there’s no tomorrow (heck, there may not be), I’m eating healthier, and I’m living solution-focused.

You and I were created for a purpose; let’s get over the hurdle and get going.

p.s. I would encourage you to sign up for Ray’s podcast. At the least, listen to this particular podcast, especially his definitions of depression and anxiety (#7). Very helpful!

What would you add to Ray’s list? What has helped you in the past?

About pastoroftheprez

Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, NC.
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