“We’ve got to look at things through a different lens. Do we view our circumstances as suffering or do we view them as building up endurance?” – #ToddCPittman
Yep, I Said It!
…and so did Romans 5:3-5 (NIV) – “3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
“I don’t know about you but if our purpose was based on pain, I would be the most purposeful person on earth! But what I’ve learned through my many trials and tribulations, bad decisions, and unfaithfulness to His Word is that we have to free ourselves from the wounds that result from difficult times. We have to receive our bad experiences and use them to better ourselves and then we need to help better others. Whether it’s a divorce, physical or sexual abuse, addictions. . . whatever that difficult time, let’s look at it as a part of God’s plan. Let’s look at it as a gift from God that we won’t understand the purpose until much later. Let’s not let that pain consume us by continuing to ask “Why me? Why now?” Instead, let’s take those experiences and seek how we can use our pain to grow and help others that might face the same turmoil. Hey, remember that the scriptures remind us – Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope! Let’s allow our hope to give us peace!” – #ToddCPittman