Introduction: The Importance of Stopping to Reflect on Struggles
It’s been said that in every adversity there’s also opportunity. This is true in many ways, and with hardships come lessons. It’s only by stopping long enough to reflect on the difficulties and challenges that we face when life doesn’t happen as we planned, or presumed it would go, that we can learn. The pain and suffering, if endured humbly and with trust in the Lord, can be a gift of knowledge and wisdom.
There is a reason why it is recommended we fast occasionally or go without food or drink other than water. For one thing, it allows us to break away from our mundane routines; but more importantly, it eliminates or lessens distractions that prevent us from reflecting on the things that are most important to our faith in Jesus Christ. Without distractions, it’s easier to focus on what matters most. It makes it possible for us to remember why we are on this earth and how we fit into the Lord’s eternal plan.
How to Change Your Mindset about Depression and Challenges
The author of this article, who is a CBN speaker, makes an interesting point about how we view and respond to challenges. We feel that it’s a great idea to consider the struggles in life as “rolling hills” on what has so far been a smooth journey; something that we need to be grateful for, rather than bemoaning the fact they are there at all. When we think like this, the hills can be taken in our stride, with the knowledge that we have so far been led by a force much greater than ourselves.
We are all human beings, and we are all unique, making up the “human family”. We each have our own challenges and struggles to overcome, and those that we face should be understood as part of what it means to be human. It is neither right nor wrong how we respond to these challenges; it is only whether or not we choose to use them as an opportunity for personal growth.
As the writer of this article indicates: “it is possible to create an environment that helps you work through your challenges and overcome them”. We all have our own individual challenges and struggles, and no two are the same. No matter how many challenges we face in our lives, we all have a choice as to how we respond.
3 Ways To Keep Your Focus When You’re Feeling Like Giving Up
Why it’s so important to keep your focus when times are tough is explained in this article. Sometimes we want to say we’ll just pull ourselves together, and then we slide into a state of exhaustion, overwhelming sadness and stopped motivation. With this sunk feeling in our heads, we give up – and that’s not the way to succeed. We need the motivation provided by faith, which we’re instructed to have.
Why are we having to go through this junk anyway?. We should be able to get the things we want, but why has it been so hard for us?
We need to understand that God is not abandoning us, not punishing us. And we shouldn’t be feeling guilty, thinking that we deserve all these bad things in our life because of something we did or didn’t do. “God only punishes those who deserve it,” says the Bible (Heb 11:6).
When we’re going through difficult times, we need to see that “God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
How we respond during hard times determines what God will do for us. If we feel miserable and helpless, it’s understandable. We can learn how to keep our motivation up instead of giving up on it.
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Conclusion: Finding Peace From Life’s Difficulties
The conclusion to this article points out that we need to remember that, even though life has many difficulties, each one is not a reason to give up on existence. Often times, our thoughts go through a period of thinking ones life is bad and can’t get any better. However, there is good in every situation, no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. It’s only the things we bring into it that are important; the things we focus on and how we react to those things determine what happens in our lives. It’s important to keep a positive mindset, on the belief that life is happening for a reason. Things have been trying to teach us something, and if we’re aware of this, then we can try and learn from them. We can try and be more understanding and patient to know what our dreams are and what we want to accomplish. [Articles to use as knowledge, not to be copied verbatim]
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