If it Never Rains, We Will Never Grow
Life is a series of tests we never signed up to take, lessons we didn’t ask to learn, and hardships we couldn’t possibly prepare for. All that being said, remember, things are always relative.
It rained the past few days in Southern California. It really made me think about the metaphorical storms we go through in our everyday lives. Maybe it's metaphorically raining in your life right now. Maybe you're going through one of the biggest storms of your life and you don't know if you'll get through it. Whether you just received something as serious as a cancer diagnosis or something far less serious, I'm not here to tell you bad things don't suck. They do.
If you're looking for someone to lie to you and tell you everything will always be okay, I'm not your girl. I am not God and I certainly don't know what the future holds. I also am not so naive to believe that things will always be okay because the truth is, they won't always be okay. I can tell you life will be amazing in Heaven, but I can't tell you what is in store for your earthly life.
All that being said, I'm here to urge and inspire you to learn and grow from these tribulations. We can turn anything into a ministry to help others. It is absolutely imperative that we use our time on this earth wisely.
3 Steps to Not Losing Your Mind During Hardships
1. The first thing so many people want to do when they hear bad news is pout. NOOOO. Don't do it. I'm not telling you to ignore your emotions (that would be insane coming from me). I'm telling you to look outside of yourself and realize the blessings you have. If you are reading this, I am assuming you have the gift of sight. We take it for granted, but what a beautiful gift indeed. I promise you, you have things to thank God for. I PROMISE.
2. Keep it all relative. In most cases, your situation could always be worse. Barring a life-threatening disease, things could always be worse. Losing my mom at a young age is the worst thing that could happen to a kid. Except, for the fact that I had a childhood friend whose dad died of cancer and her mom died of cancer 2 years later. So although my life problems have been larger than 90% of people reading this, things can always be worse...I guarantee it.
3. If you are so blessed to come out on the other side of the storm, reflect and think about what you can learn from the situation. Ultimately, God can teach us something from any situation under the sun and he is patiently waiting for us to realize his lessons. We must open our eyes and hearts to receive his glory and grace.
Lastly, share what you have learned. Somebody is waiting to hear your story. Someone is broken and at rock bottom, waiting for someone they can relate to. Pay it forward.
Whatever you are going through, I'm sorry. I really am, but I want you all to remember who you are. You are the only "you" that will ever exist. The Lord uniquely shaped that way and it's such a beautiful thing. Let's all use our gifts and experiences to help connect the world.
"They tried to bury us. They didn't know we were seeds" -Author Unknown
Note: The above quote has been attributed to the Greeks and as a Mexican Proverb so with no clear author, I am listing it an unkwown.