Monday, February 10, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your Troubles

Everybody reading this is either in trouble, heading into trouble, or getting out of trouble.

If you have troubles, you're in good company.  Life is loaded with them and everybody has their share.

Troubles are simply a part of living. It's a package deal. We must 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, and remain swamped in the mire of misery.

Instead of griping about a difficult situation, it's better to face it boldly and figure out what you can do to get through the best you can.  You can cry till the cows come home, and that won't fix the situation.  It takes courage to buckle down and face the truth.

I do not know why hardships are a part of life's package. I don't have pat answers for life's perplexing questions.

However, I do know that struggles help us grow, if we maintain the right attitude.

1. Troubles teach us wisdom.

Every wise person has travelled the dark valley.  Wisdom comes from experiencing and understanding the struggle. Our problems are our teachers. When we work through them, we 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 been refined through suffering.

We can face our problems with greater courage when we realize that 
they are only opportunities in disguise.

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