Saturday, April 25, 2009

Learning from Life

James 1:2-4: Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

This weekend Jerry and I went to a HOPE (www.helpovercomingpainfulexperiences.org) Conference at our church. Hearing stories of God's faithfulness when people experience tough times was very refreshing.

We all experience trials. They are just a part of life. We can't prevent them from coming. We certainly can't shorten them; however, we can probably lengthen them if we don't learn quickly what God is trying to teach us.

When my kids were small, if they embraced discipline and instruction, life was easier for us all. The punishment was necessary to form their character just as life challenges are designed to form ours.

Besides journaling (which I will talk about another day), here's what I ask God during tough times:
(1) Is there anything I have done to cause my trial?
(2) Is there anything I need to repent of?
(3) Is my perspective wrong?
(4) How do I need to react to these circumstances?
(5) Is there anything specific I need to do?
(6) What can I learn from this situation?

In the Bible each battle mentioned was different and required a specific battle plan. In the same way there's a unique strategy for each situation I face. I need to hear from God instead of doing my own thing.

As I work through things, there are times God changes my circumstances; however, other times He just changes me instead.

What have you learned in times of trouble in your own life?

1 comment:

  1. I would have to say that God usually is changing me through tough times. And, oh Baby, there have been soem tough times. ;)

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