I was on the train to work this morning (May 31) and just looking back over my life in these past few years. I was thinking about some things that I had been through and how I went through them. Some of them I handled well and felt good about myself afterwards. Others I did not do as well and felt defeated and beaten up when all was said and done.
I learned a lot from these situations and continue to learn because situations present themselves almost every day in some way or other. I realize that how I view them will determine how I handle them and how I handle them will determine the end result. Will it be positive or negative?
We go through many struggles, trials, adversities in our lifetime. When we view them as things that are happening TO us (negative) instead of FOR us (positive), we are likely to go through them feeling defeated.
When we look at these situations from the perspective that they are happening TO us, we can easily develop a victim mentality. However, if we see them as happening FOR us we are more likely to go through them with power.
Romans 8: 28-29 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God knew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
When we believe that all things are working together for our good it’s a powerful thing. If we then begin to stretch our thinking to ask questions like:
- What am I supposed to learn from this?
- How should I respond to this?
- Or go to a place of self-examination and find out; is there something in me that I should be addressing?
The moment we begin to look at the situation from this place, or ask these simple questions, we have positioned ourselves to go through the situation with power. Guaranteed we coming out stronger, wiser and ready to teach someone else.