Posted by: New in Every Way | May 14, 2012

The Way Out

Did you grow up with A. A. Milne’s books about Christopher Robin and his loveable stuffed-animal friends? (Or the cartoon spin-offs?) Well, I got to see the Winnie the Pooh movie that was released last year. A subplot of the story (I won’t give away the main plot) has Winnie the Pooh helping to dig a pit to trap a fearsome (imaginary) animal. As one might expect, Pooh and all his friends fall into it themselves. However—as one might also expect—by the end of the story, they escape from the pit, their other problems are beautifully solved, and they . . . will live happily ever after—until the next adventure.

Can you and I escape as easily from the deep pits we might be in? Usually not. But Pooh and his companions did something that anyone in a pit should do. They looked up a lot . . . not down. You’ve probably discovered the one thing you can’t afford to do, when in a pit, is focus on your problems and your feelings. Of course, you should consider the situation carefully and make a plan for fixing it. However, once you’ve made that plan, do you try get on with life, as much as possible?

Dwelling continually on fixing your problems or healing your heart will not make it happen any faster. (Have you noticed?) In fact, the more you focus on them, the more miserable and hopeless you become. Focus on where you want to go, not the place you want to leave. Focus on the things you were created to focus on—God and others. As you put your trust in God and follow him, you will find your pit getting shallower and shallower.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6).

18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day (Prov. 4:18).

Making It Personal

  • Is your life not what it should be? Ask God to give you a clear–and wonderful–vision for your future.
  • Are there simple changes you need to start making? Trust the Lord to encourage you and help you.
  • Are you looking up, not down? Ahead, not back? Enjoying God, doing good deeds, and expecting his best for you? It will make today . . . not so bad–and tomorrow even better.


  1. I loved this one!

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