Read Rick’s 31-Day Devotions
Perhaps your parents were tough on you. Maybe you have had difficult teachers too. Are there others on your list of “you did not give me what I wanted”? Everybody has difficult people in their lives, and there are no exceptions to that rule. Oh, but guess what? There is more. At some point, you will get a job and a boss, which always comes with the job.
It does not stop there. Let’s suppose you get married. Are you aware that you’ll marry an imperfect person? If you don’t learn how to live with disappointing people today, your future trouble will be exponential.
I thought most of my problems were because of my parents. Then I got a job. I quickly realized there was an eery similarity between my home issues and my issues on the job. Mercifully, I caught a break. God imposed Himself into my life. I was born again (John 3:7). He reoriented my thinking to another perspective. He pulled me from this “victim mentality play” that I had scripted for my life.
If you think your parents are hard, and your primary reaction is anger toward them for not giving you what you want, get ready for the rest of your life: it’s going to be hard for you. Your parents are not your biggest problem. You are. The sooner you fix that problem with gospel solutions, the better your life will be.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).