There will come a time when pain, illness, doubt, or failure will come into your life unannounced. Without a word or notice, they will latch onto you and will do everything in their power to never let go. Everything in your life will seem like it is coming to an end. It'll seem that your life can't and will not get better. Life will hit you with everything it's got to keep you from getting up. It'll send one of its greatest enforcers to get the job done, fear. Fear will strip you from your strength and your will to survive. James had more downs than ups in his life. Life was constantly presenting him with opposing forces. With every opposing force he encountered, he discovered a common factor-the live BASIC formula. The live BASIC formula helped him overcome his opposing forces that life had given him. The live BASIC formula helped him establish a strong relationship with God, and because of it, he overcame his greatest enemy of all, fear. With the live BASIC formula, James was able to put his uttermost trust in God and welcomed whatever decision God would give him. Many decide to go through this journey of life without ever asking for help from God. What we fail to understand is that God blessed humanity with the gift of freedom of choice. God will not force his love on us; instead, He gives us the choice to love and follow him. The freedom of choice can serve as a double-edged sword. We get upset when things don't go our way. If only we'd ask for God's guidance, our life may or may not have brought us into the predicaments we're currently in. Instead, we have become selfish with our time and lives. We want nothing to do with God. Many will argue that he doesn't exist. But what kind of life would that be? A life without God means a life without a purpose. A man or woman without a purpose is destined for a life filled with misery. Throughout our existence, we've wrestled with ourselves in trying to find an answer to what is my purpose in life? Some find its meaning, and others never do. This then leads them down a dark path of emptiness and hopelessness. They start to feel an emptiness growing inside of them, never knowing how to fill it. They try to fill it with money, materialistic things, or meaningless relationships, but it never works! We were all blessed with gifts and talents by our creator God. But we never bother to seek out our gifts and talents; we rob ourselves and the world from them. We were created by God to serve a specific purpose. When we don't carry out our purpose, then we feel as though our life is meaningless. If ever we get to this point, we must then ask God to guide us through our journey of life. God shouldn't be your last resort; on the contrary, God should be the first person you seek in your life's journey.