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When we look at the problem unfolding before us, we feel like it is the end of the world; we feel like we are drowning; we feel like dying. However, when it is all over, we see Godís reason behind it. It is when we realize that God had been preparing us for something better.

Adversities have a way of making us grow in the most important part of us, our character. Pain or other circumstances maybe be there, but if we want something badly enough, weíll find a way to get it done. If we are willing to pay the price, our circumstances will change and we will get what we want.

Yes, pain and heartache are things that we feel, we can do without; but letís remember that without the rainy days, we would not really appreciate the sunny days. Appreciate difficult times as well as the good times. Donít dwell in feeling down but appreciate it as a part of lifeís struggles, without which the victorious moments would not be as sweet.

Reality forms around our commitment to overcome difficulties and to succeed. Our desires will, in time, externalize themselves into concrete facts. We only have to love a thing greatly to get it. Desire is the fire of life.

Our present circumstances do not determine where we can go; they merely determine where we start. Take chances, make mistakes. Pain nourishes our courage. We have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Whatever our cross, whatever our pain, there will always be sunshine, after the rain. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, we donít throw away the ticket and jump off.  We sit still and trust the engineer.

Determination is the strength that enables us to pass the barrier of useless thoughts in order to create positive thoughts that would guide us to the right direction. It comes from within and its partner is patience. Patience teaches us not to push but rather to wait and appreciate the game of life instead, knowing that nothing remains the same, and everything will change at some point.

Refuse to fall down. Otherwise, refuse to stay down and letís lift our hearts toward heaven like a hungry beggar, ask that they be filled and they will be filled. We may be pushed down. We may be kept from rising but no one can keep us from lifting our hearts toward heaven. It is in the middle of misery that so much becomes clearer to us.

No one is in control of our happiness but us; therefore, we have the power to change anything about ourselves or the lives that we want to change. Self-discipline begins with the mastery of our thoughts. If we donít control what we think, we canít control what we do. Self-discipline enables us to think first and act afterward. If we want to direct our lives, we must consistently take control of our actions towards our goal.

Regrets are the tears of choices not made and left undone. Failure is only temporary. However, if we quit, it lasts forever. So letís be brave and discover the blessings that come during the hard times and when we look back later, we will realize and appreciate that it was then, during those hard times, that God was preparing for a better life.

By Tim Pedrosa

 

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Tim