Adversity a blessing? You got to be kidding! Who would even consider such a thing? Who wants difficulties? And how can misfortunes or hard times ever be considered a blessing?
And yet, when I am honest with myself, it is precisely in those times of difficulties and adversity where I have grown, learned I could do more than I thought I could, and developed emotional, mental and spiritual muscles.
It is where I learned to face my vulnerabilities head-on, where I chose to take charge of my life, not backed away or sidestepped or became a victim.
Adversity challenges us.
Am I willing to step out of my comfort zone and take some risks? Am I ready to acknowledge my limitations and celebrate my strengths? Am I ready to put in the effort and hard work to become capable and confident?
When I am in the middle of difficult times, I do not consider it a blessing. It is only later, when I look back, that I can see that I have been blessed by the struggle and challenge.
Here are some things I learned through adversity. Perhaps you can identify with some of them.
I learned that
- I can put in place an “ I can do it” mindset to use in any and all situations
- I can stretch my capability far beyond what I ever thought I was capable of
- I have learned grace and forgiveness and humility
- I learned there are always solutions to our problems if we are willing to search for them
- I have learned to make tough choices based on principles and core values
- I am never alone – God is always there with me even when I don’t feel His presence
- I have learned gratitude for the simple things in life: love, friendship, loyalty, and the ability to work
- I have learned only I can be in charge of my life – and only I can give that power away
May you find blessings in your challenges and struggles.
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