Life is born out of
struggle. A baby must leave the comfort and security of the womb and
make a difficult and perilous passage to enter this world.
Before an eagle can soar to the heavens, it must push and peck its way
out of the egg. And before a butterfly can delight us with its colors
and grace, it must escape from its cocoon.
God allows these
difficulties because trials and tests strengthen and shape our character.
They make us better people and better Christians. Whenever we feel that
the troubles are more than we can bear, we must
trust that the Lord is greater than they are and He will not let us
When going through a
rough time, it helps to put our troubles in perspective by considering
what others have gone through. It would also help if we reflect upon
our blessings of which every man has many; not on our misfortunes of
which all men have some.
While we may expect
God to put an end to our problems right away, He knows that later is a
better time. We just have to trust that His timing is flawless; that He is preparing
us for a better life.
Helen Keller was both
deaf and blind, yet she learned to write and even speak, and has
encouraged and inspired hundreds of millions “handicapped” and “whole”
alike. “I thank God for my handicaps,” she said, “for through them I
have found myself, my work, and my God.”
used to sleep on the sidewalks of Cotabato City, Philippines
when he was a youngster. He received only an elementary school
education. It was only recently that he took a high school equivalency
exam, which he passed. He is also a
with the rank of
sergeant major in
the Philippine Army. On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao set a
new world record as the first boxer to become a seven-time-champion of
the world in as many different weight divisions and later became an
eight-time-division-champion in the subsequent year. He has also
leading roles in several movies, a singer and ran as a candidate
for congress and won in
2010. On May 19, 2016, Pacquiao was formally elected as a senator by the
Commission on Elections. What an accomplishment! Who knows what's next.
Wilma Rudolph weighed
less than five pounds at birth, and contracted pneumonia, polio and
scarlet fever when she was four. She couldn’t walk until she was 11. Yet
she believed she could do something extraordinary, and she did. At the
age of 20 she was the only athlete, male or female, to win three gold
medals at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. Wilma Rudolph was the “fastest
woman alive.” She believed she could! All things work together for good!
John Milton was blind
when he wrote England’s greatest epic poem, Paradise Lost. So was
Fanny Crosby when she wrote more than 6,000 hymns. Beethoven was deaf
when he wrote some of his greatest symphonies.
A serious traffic
accident forced an 18-year-old Spaniard to abandon a promising career as
a goaltender with the professional football team, Real Madrid. Instead, he
spent nearly two years in a wheelchair. While hospitalized, he took an
interest in music after a doctor’s assistant gave him a guitar. Several
years later he won a national song contest with one of his own
compositions, “La Vida Sigue Igual” (Life Goes On). The success led to
his first recording contract and opened a new career for Julio Iglesias
I had to
earn a living at a very young age while my classmates continued to
high school, after my father died when I was six years old: selling
bread, newspaper and as “jueteng collector” (an illegal local
lottery}. I have to go to different places looking for something I did
not know. In Cotabato, I had the opportunity to start high school
after six years away from school while working in a vulcanizing shop
and later as tractor driver.
did not stop until I obtained a degree while working as a janitor in a
university and a scholarship, graduated with flying colors (magna cum
laude) and easily
passed the CPA examinations.
Things don’t just
happen; they’re part of a divine plan. The troubles, reverses, the
sorrows, the rod are strokes of the Great Sculptor’s hand. They will
come to pass. Something better and greater is working in our favor. We
just have to believe and trust. Thank you, Lord for the opportunities. I
am very grateful.
By Tim Pedrosa
When you feel like nothing is there but pain and hurt and great
despair, that is when we know we need to not give up, whatever
it is we're going through. We
all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an
awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and