You Are Made for Great Heights
I’m going to tell you about the worst day of my life. I lost my job, got kicked out of my apartment, and my girlfriend ended our relationship. I was broke and broken. So, what did I do next? Well, first I wrote a country song about it—because, c’mon I was penniless, homeless, and loveless—it doesn’t get more country than that. Then I buckled down and decided to change each of these problems.
Now, I’m happy to say that I have a job (I created), money (I secured on my own), and a lovely wife (the girlfriend who took me back after some persuasion). I took each of these adversities and turned them around. I took the negative and plowed it into something more positive.
Adversity: It’s Not Such A Bad Thing
In his book, Failing Forward, John C. Maxwell states that adversity can do seven wonderful things if allowed. It can:
- Create Resilience
- Develop Maturity
- Push the Envelope of Accepted Performance
- Provide Better Opportunities
- Prompt Innovation
- Recap Unexpected Benefits
Use It, Don’t Lose It Too often, people look at adversity as a problem. Something to solve and then sweep under the carpet to be forgotten. I believe that adversity is the great motivator, the grand shove toward self-improvement, self-discovery, and, most importantly, God.
It’s inevitable that each one of us will experience adversity in our lives. We will feel knocked down, dragged out, and defeated, but this is when you must get up and work harder. Otherwise, you’ll stay on the floor, broken and battered, or possibly worse—down for the count for the long haul.
That’s why, when I was truly down and out, I opted for action over inaction. I let adversity push me into better and more worthwhile opportunities and closer to God.
If you allow your hardships to become active players in your life, you’ll find a great deal more success and self-worth than you did before the difficulty took place.
Use adversity and suffering and plow them into positive outcomes!
THROUGH WHOM WE HAVE GAINED ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE IN WHICH WE NOW STAND. AND WE BOAST IN THE HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD. NOT ONLY SO, BUT WE ALSO GLORY IN OUR SUFFERINGS, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE; PERSEVERANCE, CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE.