Today, I want to quote this as an encouragement for you today that when you’re going through tough times, there will always be a lesson that you can learn from in such situations. You know the popular sayings which state that:
- “You can’t have a Testimony without a Test”;
- “Where there is no Struggle, there’s no Strength;
- “In your Mess there is a Message”, and;
- “There is no Victory without a Battle”;
These sayings all have a common meaning in that they all imply that:
“every bad situation has some good aspect to it. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward”. –
When you go through a trial, it is easy to become cynical and pessimistic when facing various vicissitudes (ups and downs) of life. However, the only thing that you can change when facing such issues in your life is your perspective on the matter. It isn’t always easy to see a silver lining in every set-back or problem that you face; however, when you focus on the positive, you will be able to notice solutions that you never thought could be possible. All of a sudden the “impossible” becomes “possible” and this is how we overcome.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
You cannot avoid trials altogether in your life; however, having said that though, you can change your perspective on how you view the trials that you face. People can do scandalous things to you in order to throw you off course from doing the right thing. You may even be tempted to stray from the right path out of desperation or frustration with respect to waiting on the promises of God in your life. Do not be enticed to go through short-cuts just to obtain the things you desire in your life causing you to sear your conscience. Waiting is an attribute of the strong and the wise. Waiting on the promises of God in your life is not easy, but you will see in the long run, that it’s the best thing to cultivate in your life because once a promise is fulfilled, you’ll regard that promise with respect and value.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
When I look at all the things I’ve been through for the past year with being in hospital, then going through rehab therapy because of the sickness I’ve had to endure (Encephalitis), I feel like although I have been setback from progressing professionally, I believe that whatever was meant for evil in my life, God will turn it around for a good purpose. In my mess there is a message and that message is that no matter what types of things try to pull you down, always keep pressing forward towards the goal never looking back. I nearly died, but praise God, I’m still alive to testify about the Goodness and Mercy of God.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) – Pressing Toward the Goal
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Do not live a life filled with regrets. Pursue purpose, step out and be bold and courageous. God gives us second chances to change our destiny but if we succumb to setbacks or delays or discouragement, you’ll never really know what your true potential would be if you don’t press forwards towards the goal without looking back. Even in the face of rejection, change your perspective on the matter and see rejections as opportunities for a better door to open up in your life. Be positive-minded and refuse to remain defeated. I know that when I was going through rehab therapy because of my brain injury, I felt slightly irritated and discouraged that I was struggling to “remember to remember”. Losing my short-term memories and trying to regain them again requires my whole brain to rewire and remap how I recall details and to develop new methods of retaining information by daily recording my activities in a journal so that I won’t repeat a transaction or activity that I had already completed.
Like I mentioned before in a previous post, I’ve had several near-death experiences in my life that I know that God is the One preserving my life. Just when I thought that being hit by a bus and SUV was something, I get struck by a sickness that affects my brain and my memories. In knowing this, I can’t take the time I have here on Earth for granted because you never know when you’ll breathe your last breath, so respect what it is that you have in your life with value. Do not put off saying important things that you need to tell certain people you have in your life thinking that you have “all the time in the world”, because time waits for no man/woman. Rather, take advantage of the time that you do have right now and have the courage to pursue things you never thought you could do. Take up activities you’ve been putting off for a “next time” now so that you live life with no regrets and say the things that you’ve been wanting to tell another person now rather than assume that there’ll be a “next time”. What if there never comes a “next time”?
Do not be presumptuous, rather, be deliberate and courageous.
Live life without regrets. That is the ultimate message I have for you today. Seize the day and remember to dedicate each day to the Lord and give Him praise for being able to wake up to see a “Today”, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀