How do you handle adversity? Do times you’re struggling usually result in a setback, or do you use them as a stepping stone? On Friday, we talked about how those tough times can often result in the most growth. For this Wellness Wednesday’s question, we’re going to take a look at how tough times impact us.
As we talked about on Friday, our struggles can cause us to reevaluate and refocus our priorities, which can help us grow in ways we never thought possible. We can choose to channel our energy and resources toward things that are going to benefit us, and we learn lessons during times of struggle that we might not learn when things are going well.
We’re able to say, “I made it through (you fill in the blank) and now that I’m through it, I’m stronger for it.” This often happens not just in spite of our circumstances, but because of them.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
I have to be honest — when I’m going through a struggle, I can have a hard time at first. It may result in a temporary setback, as I sort through what’s going on and how I need to proceed. Sometimes I think we just need to be able to take a minute and process things.
Over the years, though, I’ve learned to look for the lessons. As you’ve probably heard me say many times, I don’t believe God wastes anything that we go through in our lives. He may not take us out of the struggle, but He’ll walk through it with us and use it to teach us.
Looking for those lessons and knowing I’m going to come out the other end wiser, better, or stronger gives me the incentive to keep going.
How about you? Have you experienced growth through the hard times? What are some of the most important lessons struggle has taught you? Please share!