by Samuel Burgess

What To Do When The Bottle Is Empty
Sammy Burgess
Genesis 21:2-9

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we lived in a world where life is simple and everyone lives happily ever after? Imagine living your life with no problems to solve; no struggles concerning your finances; divorce is never mentioned because it doesn't exist; disease is not an issue because our bodies are in perfect health.

Imagine every home being surrounded with a white picket fence where life is filled with joy and fun. Think about how wonderful it would be to wake up every morning with new energy to face each day because you know that nothing is going to go wrong and everything is going to fall into place. Imagine being able to go to bed every night and go right to sleep because you didn't have any thing to be concerned with or to worry about. Wouldn't it be wonderful to know that all of us are going to live happily ever after?

Now, you and I know that all we can do is 'think', and 'imagine' and 'wonder' and "dream" about how this kind of life would be. We know that life such as this doesn't exist.

Let me describe the kind life that we see every single day. (This is what we call the "Real Life".) The average person you come in contact with has dealt with things such as "broken dreams"; "grief"; "stress"; "disappointment"; "having a broken heart"; "discouragement"; "feeling forsaken"; "being emotionally drained" "feeling lonely"; "experiencing deep depression"; and "sorrow".

For some, "heartache" and "confusion" seem to be their closest companion. Like a ten pound sledge hammer, their heart keeps pounding, putting them dangerously near desperation. The light they see at the end of their tunnel is like the headlight of an oncoming train.

There are people living at this moment on the brink of a nervous breakdown. They see no help in sight; feeling as if life is really not worth living.

Most of the time a person cannot hide what they are feeling and what they are goin ...

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