I’m a sucker for books or movies that have true stories of hope, faith, and triumph played out in people’s lives. One of my favorite movies that come to mind is, Cinderella Man. I cry every time I watch that movie and I am in awe of how families survived the Great Depression. There is something about the victory over hardships that gets me all emotional. I have an older book by my bedside called, More Stories for the Heart, that has over 100 stories to warm your heart. I often read a few stories in it before I go to bed which is an encouraging way to end a long day.
Maybe you are currently in the midst of your prayers being answered OR possibly you are watching your friends/family have their prayers answered all while feeling overlooked by God. I’m sure at different points in our lives many of us can relate in one way or another. I know what it feels like when things aren’t going the way I had envisioned and I can honestly say I haven’t always handled those times maturely.
Recently my perspective changed drastically and I had to ask myself, “Why do I always think that God is only blessing me when everything is going right in my life?” Why is it that sometimes we can’t see that we are still truly blessed even when things aren’t going as planned? We are human and live in a fallen sinful world so trust someone is always going to be going through something. So how do we handle that “something” is the real question? Do we focus only on the bad or tough situation all while overlooking the good/positive in our lives?
As I started chatting with more and more people and seeing the situations in people’s lives at work, my neighborhood, family, and even church, I’m realizing that no matter what may be going on in my life, if given the opportunity to put my problems in a basket with other people’s problems, I might just want mine back STAT and not complain as much.
I recently met a lady who was extremely pleasant, helpful and had a loving serving heart. She joyfully told me about her life and her three children. All three were born very premature, two have heart issues and one had major open heart surgery, all three have ADHD, two are autistic, one had RSV as an infant so severe that she had to stay in the hospital for 3 months and now has major ongoing respiratory issues. This lady has a two-hour commute to work one way, not due to traffic. Her kids’ special schooling due to learning delays cost around $30,000, which financially is tough so her husband is going to leave his job to homeschool while she becomes the main financial source. She’s experiencing some tough stuff but happened to be the most positive person I had met that day. After chatting with her I was pretty embarrassed by any complaints I might have had. Talk about perspective!
These stories are all around us. We all have a story to tell that can possibly help someone else no matter how grand or small. Conquering life’s struggles make us stronger and being a follower of Christ, unfortunately, doesn’t exempt us from the bad or hard times. Just think about it…Jesus the only perfect person who walked on Earth experienced hardships and people hated and ultimately crucified him and he did NOTHING wrong. Maybe things are a little tough right now, but please keep the faith! It’s really, in my opinion, the only thing 100% worth holding onto. Trust that this too shall pass…
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