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Davidisms - Don't Look at What You've Lost. Look at What You Have Left

After a tornado destroyed an Iowa family’s home, a father offered an unexpected perspective to his son: “Don’t look at what you’ve lost. Always look at what you have left.” It’s a life lesson we all need to learn. Loss is a certainty we’ll all face at different times throughout our lives. It’s inevitable. Inescapable. A part of the human experience. So how do we recover after a loss? Rebuild. Rebuilding begins by, yes, grieving the loss. But Christ-followers grieve with hope (1 Thess. 4:13). And then we rebuild our lives - with what we have left - on God’s firm foundation. Become a prisoner of hope (Zec. 9:12)! Believing that God doesn’t despise the days of small beginnings. It is he who gives us the strength to rebuild - even when life’s blows seem to have taken so much away (Zec. 4:10). Remember: Don’t look at what you’ve lost. Look at what you have left. There’s always hope!

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