Sam was a pastor when his wife left him. The joy of serving Christ just died for him at the moment he found out. He very nearly threw himself off a bridge that night.
Four years later, he’s gathering the pieces of his life and trying to get back to serving God.
At some point in your life, you’re going to get slammed. Maybe more than once.
Not growing bitter against God (family, church, life, others) is the challenge. Living with joy, also. Not growing cynical.
At some point, you have to survey the damage of your life and decide you want light-heartedness. You have to want to do good again. You have to want to not pass into the washouts.
Those who recovered from slams in the Bible: Joseph, Job, Moses. And don’t forget Jesus. One of his best friends betrayed him to death. They all recovered from the slam.
Seek recovery in 2015!