Adversity is God’s best tool to refine the warrior and teacher within.”
I believe we are created with certain building blocks in life including passion, heart, vision, and optimism. But what happens when adversity comes into our lives, threatening to destroy these fundamental building blocks? With struggles, our minds and hearts can seem to lose touch with each other, and we’re often left questioning:
- Am I enough?
- Do I have a purpose?
- Will I ever make a difference?
- Why do I struggle?
- Why do I succeed?
- What must change?
Sometimes it can be the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, a battle over addiction or health that can lead us to these questions. But what we should instead be asking is how we can take advantage of this adversity for the better. The truth is that we can turn all adversity into a positive by taking it to God, checking our hearts, and having a strong support system.
Take it to God
Often in the face of a trial, we spend so much time trying to figure it out alone that we can veer further off-track. However, the first step of tackling adversity is to reconnect with God. Though we often don’t want to hear it, struggles can sometimes be in our lives for a reason.
11 For I know the plans, I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen…I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12, 14, NLT)
God’s desire is for us to reach out to Him, and we are often more likely to do so when we are in a time of struggle. Because God has a plan for us, it is essential that we meet with Him to understand the role of this adversity in our lives.
Check Your Heart
When a part of life becomes difficult, we have a natural desire to break free from what is holding us down. However, we must first check what we truly think might break these bonds. When my journey led me down a path of failure, I spent over half my life chasing cars, wealth, and the opposite sex, only to come up empty still searching for answers. Scripture tells us:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV)
When adversity comes to us, it is essential to check our hearts because no amount of material wealth or love can satisfy selfishness and greed. There is nothing that is marketed to us in this material world that can help us overcome our obstacles. It is only when we know our hearts are in a solely God-seeking place that we can truly begin to make a change.
Have a Strong Support System
Often, when we encounter adversity, it is valuable to know that others are going through similar struggles. I have spent much of my life lonely only to find out I was never alone at all! My journey has led me down a path of failure and conviction to rock bottom, but my story is not the only one like this; I’ve heard very similar stories from friends and mentors. When we come together to confront our struggles, not only do we find comfort one another, but we challenge one another to be better.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, NIV)
Spend time with someone you truly admire or share your experiences with a friend. It is by confronting struggles together that we become sharper. In creating the Journey Principles Blog, The Journey Principles Podcast, and The Journey Principles Books and Workbooks, it is my goal to share what I’ve learned (what God has taught me) with others. I see this as my ministry and the best way for me to honor God is by providing a support system for those who are confronting their struggles head-on.
While adversities can make us pause, they don’t have to stop us dead in our tracks. It might seem impossible at the moment, but we are equipped with everything that we need to overcome our daily struggles. By bringing our obstacles to God, we can better understand the role adversity plays in our lives while checking our hearts to make sure we’re moving in the right direction. Additionally, having a solid support group ensures that we keep moving forward and are ready for future trials. I have seen in my own life what it took to go from heartache to a rekindled passion for life, love, and salvation. It was through these principles that I was able to take my adversity and turn it into a positive. So as you set your intention to working through adversity, take comfort in the fact that even in taking the first step, you are already becoming greater.
In your Service,
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and
your better is best.”