Meet Adversity, your teacher and trainer

A bunch of people were put in a room and each given the same short story to read. It was about a young man who went through several difficult hardships.

Then they were given a pencil and were invited to cross out anything in the story they thought would result in the young man having “a better life.”

So they went through and crossed off things you’d expect—like accidents, relationship difficulties, and health problems.

Then they learned that the young man had later reported that it was BECAUSE of his many hardships that he was able to have a better life. They taught him courage and perseverance and faith. He was an overcomer. And you can’t be an overcomer if you don’t have anything to overcome.

Then the people were asked if there was anything they’d change about what they had crossed out.

I’m not suggesting that we want difficult things to happen. But what if we looked at them in a different way?

What if your willingness to lean on God and overcome a difficulty resulted in…
-a more faithful you?
-a more steadfast you?
-a wiser you?
-a more helpful you—ready and willing to assist someone overcome a difficulty and have hope for a new day?

Use adversity as a teacher and trainer instead of a death sentence.

You gotta admire the perspective of James in the Bible: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2-3 NIV).

What difficulty have you faced?

Use adversity as a teacher and trainer instead of a death sentence.

By Matthew Ruttan


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