When pondering the topic for this weeks blog I was thinking, “What topic can every human relate to?” After much thought there was a very clear answer….problems/struggle/heartache/pain (whatever label you want to put on it). Problems/heartache do not discriminate. It doesn’t matter how you were raised, how much money you have, the color of your skin, where you live, or even the level of your spirituality; we all have them throughout our lives. However the difference between every person is HOW we handle/respond to it.
I firmly believe every experience we go through is to TEACH us something and our JOB is to figure out what we need to learn from it. God will whisper to us initially and if we don’t listen/learn then his whispers will continue to get louder and louder. In other words the heartaches/struggles will continue to present themselves until we learn the lesson involved.
Sometimes when “bad” things happen I initially want to sit and have a pity party however I have learned to simply tell myself, “No experience should be wasted. What am I supposed to learn through all this?!” It is very easy looking back and to know the lesson you learned, however its hard when you are IN the storm to have a clear vision of the lesson. Here are 5 things that have helped me when I am in the midst of the storm to see beyond it to the lesson:
1. Ask for guidance/wisdom from people I trust. They can usually see the lesson better than I can from the outside looking in.
2. Look at the problem from God’s perspective not mine
3. Remind myself that greatness is usually preceeded by big challenges.
4. Don’t seclude myself….Be around people I love.
5. Focus and be thankful for the things I do have and stop placing so much focus on the struggles.
6. I remind myself that nature has NEVER produced a storm that lasts forever.
So the next time you are faced with the unthinkable, instead of asking “WHY?” start asking “WHAT?”…..what am I supposed to learn through all this? Once you know, then DO IT!
Quote: “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” –unknown