Have problems? If so, you're certainly in good company. Life is loaded with them! Everybody has their share.
Troubles are simply a part of living. It's a package deal. You have to accept the bad along with the good.
Some folks think they should be excused from problems. Whenever a difficulty arises, they whine and complain about how unfair life is to them. These poor "victims" are swamped in the mire of their own misery.
Instead of griping about a difficult situation, wouldn't it be better to face it boldly with a commitment to make things better? You can cry till the cows come home, and that won't fix the situation one bit. It takes courage to buckle down and face the truth.
I do not know why heavy hardships are a part of life's package. I don't have pat answers for the difficult and perplexing questions of life.
However, I do know that our struggles will make us grow, if we maintain the right attitude.
1. Trouble teaches us wisdom.
There is no such thing as a wise person who has not gone through the dark valley. Your problems are your teachers. When you struggle through them, you glean valuable life lessons.
2. Problems keep us humble.
Just when you think you're the big cheese -- WHAMMO -- A huge difficulty plops into your life. It's hard to be puffed up when you're carrying a load of trouble. In bad times, we realize that we can't control everything, and we have to trust God more.
3. Problems bring patience.
James 1:2-3 states, "Is your life filled with difficulties and troubles? Then, be happy! It is only then that your patience will increase. So, let it grow and don't try to squirm out of your problems."
4. Hardship turns us into helpers.
We become more compassionate through suffering. Instead of nursing our sorrows, it is far better to encourage others in the same situation. There is nothing more comforting than a genuine friend who understands. The sweetest people you’ll ever meet are those who have gone through the suffering process.
We can face our problems with greater courage when we realize that they are only opportunities in disguise.