What to Do When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned

Teen devotion on how to Handle Life's DisappointmentsIt happens at some point in all of our lives. Something unexpected happens. It’s nothing you planned on. Things are no longer the same, and what once felt solid is no more. Life has thrown us a curve ball. It might be the divorce of our parents. It could be something at school. Whatever it is, sometimes its hard to know what to do.

So what do you do when life throws you something unexpected? What do you do when it feels like your family is falling a part around you? Where do you turn when it feels like there is nothing left for you to do? Here’s a few things I learned when going through a really hard time in life a few years ago.

1. Don’t let your relationship with God fall between the cracks. It can be really easy to want to let this happen. You might not understand why this is happening to you. It can be easy in times like these to let go of your relationship with God. You might want to blame God, or just not feel close to him in though times. The thing to remember is that God is not the source of the bad things that happen to you. Don’t let a rough time in life steal your relationship with God.
Your relationship with God is what will get you through the tough times. It can be your foundation when it feels like the world is falling apart around you. Choose to stay close to God and rely on Him in tough times.

2. Don’t Take It Out On Others. It can be easy when you feel upset to want to take it out on other people. Maybe you are hurt and angry and want to yell at everyone who talks to you. However, taking it out on other people is never the answer. You will ultimately drive people who love you and care about you away if you begin to take it out on them. These people can be your support when times are tough.

3. Learn from it. As much as life’s tough times stink, you can use tough times to learn. You may be able to help out someone in the future who is going through what you are facing. You can be an encouragement to others who are going through tough times by learning from those tough times.
Tough times also show you a lot about yourself. You may find that you don’t have the character you thought you did because you came unglued in a tough time. You may learn that you have some areas in your life that you need to work on. Tough times are a good indicator of character.
4. Look up. When life doesn’t go the way you wanted, know that you can look up. Jesus is your answer to life’s problems. He understands what you’re going through completely. He can be your anchor in the midst of life’s storms.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. – Hebrews 4:15 (NLT)

When life doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, its never easy. The good thing to remember is that you’re not alone. You’ve got Jesus on your side. Don’t forget to lean on him in tough times and in good times!

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  • Lori
    October 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Me and my 3 kids (ages 12,14,16) found this website several months ago, we do the devotions together nightly. 90% of the time they have dealt directly with something we are facing in one of our lives. Tonights message is exactly what we needed at exactly the right time. My husband of 17 years had divorce papers served on me today. He has chosen the life of sin and adultery. I still pray that God can soften his heart and change his heart.
    Anyone that reads this comment – I want you to pray for this country, pray for families. We are entering scary times ahead and temptation will be around every corner but with God on your side you can flee from any temptation, the devil has already lost, don’t give him power over your life.

  • Liam
    October 5, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    You are really encouraging. I have been having a lot of change lately with school and a lot of regrets too. When ever I can’t think straight or sleep, I go straight to here. Thanks a lot!

  • Stephanie
    October 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks I just found this website and I’m in a gray area in my relationship with God where sometimes he’s the most important thing to me and other times he’s so far away from my mind. I’ve been struggling with a certain kind of addiction and it in silence hasn’t helped in my relationship with God..sometimes I break down because I get tired of apologizing so many times I seem to disbelieve the sincerity of it sometimes, but bow it’s good to find this place where I can get my bearing and seek strength..thanks!!

  • Carrie
    October 27, 2015 at 2:33 am

    For the past week I’ve been struggling with depression. Life has been so horrible to me and I just couldn’t take it anymore. A few nights ago I cut. And every night since then until now. I’m still struggling with depression but the blades are gone. I have no idea where they went, but Jesus took them away. I went to cut today, and well I wanted to cut a lot. And just the night before I wrote in my prayer box (it’s a box I write all my prayer requests in) “I need You right now, I’m so broken. And I need help, I don’t know what to do anymore. Help me please.” And today. The blades are gone.
    If you are reading this and going through a difficult time. GOD DOES MIRACULOUS THINGS!! He has saved me from.. Who knows what.. I probably would’ve killed myself today if it wasn’t for Him. MIRACLES ARE REAL!!