It is clearer than ever to me that the battles of life are won or lost in my mind. Discouragement with myself or situations can have a completely deflating effect, robbing me of motivation to do the right thing even when I don't feel like it.
While I'm better than I used to be, there's lots of room for improvement. It's one of the great goals of my life (and no doubt God's for me!).
I know that steadiness comes directly from my relationship with the Lord. He is my source of peace, order, confidence, strength, etc. And that means this unshakable quality I desire is spiritual in nature, not a product of perfect circumstances. It's ever the battle between the mind of the flesh and the mind of the spirit, isn't it? The apostle Paul said it perfectly:
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:6 NLTThere's the secret--letting the Holy Spirit take control. For me, that means really believing that when I ask Him to take care of a situation, He does. God's grace (His supernatural ability) is specifically given for whatever the need, so if I can stay focused on that provision, instead of my issues, I will stay steady. Working on that!
How about you? How do you hold yourself steady in the daily struggles of life?