Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV
Conflict! It is the opportunity to make a choice and we have already established that our choices are what define us.
As I mentioned in my first book The Journey Principles, my perspective on obstacles has changed. When I face a hurdle in my life, I know that God is using it to teach me. He is stretching me, growing me, and drawing me closer to Him.
Now, I’m not saying that I look forward to difficulty. Nobody wants to go through pain and suffering, but when I recognize new obstacles in my life I submit myself to the will and authority of my Father and embrace the opportunity to learn the lesson He would have me learn. It is my belief that no matter what your personal calling may be, we are all created to love and serve one another – as we experience life together and face its many adversities.
Obstacles are not simply something that you go through, around, or over. When you truly confront and overcome an obstacle, it becomes a part of you. It functions as a teaching tool that not only helps you define who you are as an individual, but how you perceive and take action in the world. If the bricks of your obstacles are left in your wake you will most likely end up tripping over them again later in life, but if you own them and make them yours, then those bricks can be used to lay a foundation for success. Conflict can teach us many things such as patience, trust, resolve, and compassion for others, however, the main building block for success that I want to focus on is confidence.
The above is an excerpt from The Journey Principles book, offering a spiritual approach to healing your relationships through God’s love.
In your service,