Of difficult times, growth and God’s love

I read a very interesting quote from the Forbes magazine yesterday, that difficulties build up our mental muscle the same way physical exercise builds up our bodies.

It is a very interesting concept, to think that we need tough times to strengthen and equip us. Often, my first thought when difficulties arise is to step away, or avoid the situation until somehow, magically, it resolves. We often think of difficulties as something we just need to get through, but what if we changed our perspective? What if we viewed tough times as the places in which we grow the most? Where we become stronger and better equipped for the future? Where we can actually shine the light of God’s love the most?

This concept is not new. In the book of James, in one of my favorite bible verses that I often quote, we are told to consider it all joy when tough times come:

“ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James 1:2-4

I am reminded today that difficult situations, if we choose to let God lead us through them, polish and refine us. I cannot claim to be patient if I have never faced a situation where I could have reacted impatiently. I cannot claim to have faith if I have never faced a humanly impossible situation that only God could intervene and resolve. The list is endless. I am learning that if we never have an opportunity to exercise our spiritual muscle through difficult situations, we don’t grow and become mature Christians.

And so today I am thankful for difficult situations. I am grateful for the opportunity to flex my spiritual muscle. It is in those difficult situations, those tough times where the Holy Spirit shows us how to react differently. Instead of hate, we respond with love. Instead of spreading hurt and anger, our presence delivers peace and hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the difference the world needs to see.

I thank God that I have the privilege of making that difference by responding differently during tough situations.

Today I will look at difficult situations differently. I will embrace them as opportunities to become better and a way to spread the love of God in this world. Will you join me?

God’s love is the difference, the healing balm that the world needs.

Published by Watare Ndungu

A purpose driven woman looking to spread the love of Christ in the world

8 thoughts on “Of difficult times, growth and God’s love

  1. Yeah sure, will been on this spiritual journey learning as well can’t claim am the best at it yet still getting around knowing that God’s God with or without me and that by itself should always set my mind to understand that where my feelings are that’s where my focus will be and we’ll God doesn’t do feelings so I always must act from a conscious space in mind before anything else. Thanks for this article its dope 😄 been looking to read someone’s else mind in this matters this clearly also Be blessed

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    1. So true. I think as Christians we are called to be intentional, and not just act and react based on how we feel. It’s a big ask, but God in his faithfulness gave us the Holy Spirit to walk with us. Thanks for reading, stay blessed!😊

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      1. Yeah, I am . I think it’s easier to contact me via ig, so Check out my Instagram @gikonyoleah am often there mostly. Incase your looking for fellow bloggers to chat with near Nairobi

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      2. Lol! For real , anways can’t wait to see your follow then even on Facebook. It’s still a social platform hoping you’l share your handles all follow you back uko then 😅😂

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