“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”
I came across this quote as I was searching for inspiration to overcome what I believe has by far been the hardest obstacle and will probably be one of the hardest times I’ll ever have to face in my life. My goal for this post is to serve as encouragement to those currently experiencing some sort of adversity in their lives. I wanted to share 10 lessons that I have recently reflected on and hopefully they can serve as support in your walk through life as well.
- Time really does heal all wounds.
“It just takes time” has been something I’ve heard repeatedly from people around me. I didn’t want to believe that time could possibly heal the way I was hurting. But as my life went on, time began to slowly help me heal.
- Have a positive attitude rather than a negative one.
Negativity attracts negativity. Learning to have a positive outlook on life helped improve my attitude towards life, as well as being optimistic rather than pessimistic.
- Surround yourself with friends and family, and have faith in God.
Friends, family, and faith in God will carry you through any tough situation. They will always be there for you no matter what you think or how alone you feel. Your support system is your greatest asset in all stages of life. They always want what’s best for you.
- Never burn bridges with anyone.
I have always believed in never burning bridges because you never know when they will help you out or if they will need assistance that you can offer. During a recent hard time in my life, I had people reach out to me that I hadn’t spoken to in years. You never know who will be there for you in the toughest of times.
- Learn to release any anger or resentment about the situation.
Holding in any anger and resentment that I had about the situation never resulted in anything good. All that the anger and resentment did was cause turmoil and I was never able to move on from the situation. Once I finally let go of any feelings, I was able to fully move on from the situation.
- The situation is a blessing in disguise.
You may not currently like the way things turned out. But I can promise you that everything happens for a good reason. “God often brings suffering into our lives to expose the shallowness of our faith – and then to take it deeper than it’s ever gone before.” Trust in God’s plan for you. God never allows anything to happen that won’t strengthen us in the end.
- It’s all about how you react to the situation.
Having an emotional reaction to everything that is said or happens to you will cause you to continue to suffer in life. Be patient. Good things take time to develop and I truly believe that everyone will have blessings thrown their way given enough time.
- Forgiving yourself and others sends a powerful message.
Forgiveness isn’t always easy, but very rewarding. Forgiveness will release you from the chains that are holding you back from living the life God intended for you. Personally, it’s been harder for me to forgive myself rather than forgive others. I’ve come to understand that the past cannot be changed, but your future can be.
- Everyone makes mistakes. Always offer another chance where its due.
It can be very toxic to believe people should be “one and done” where everyone only deserves one chance and that’s it. I’d like to give a reminder that Jesus Christ died for us to offer us another chance to be in His kingdom, so why can’t we do the same?
- Never, ever give up.
No one has the perfect life. You will experience a lot of ups, but also a lot of downs. Pushing on and persevering through any type of situation will only help you grow into a stronger, more well-rounded individual. Don’t ever forget that you’re never alone. Above all else, trust that God will carry you through your situation and have faith things will get better.
“THE DEVIL HAS YOU CONVINCED HOW BIG THE MOUNTAIN IS BUT HE WON’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH BIGGER YOUR GOD IS.” – PASTOR MILES MCPHERSON