Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. I am reminded everyday of all the hurt and pain all of us experience and face in this journey of life. Life's tests, temptations and painful experiences are challenging to say the least and non of us like to go through difficult times. When things seem to difficult to handle or to hard to face we are tempted to pull away, shut down, or just want to give up. But there is another way, a better way of looking at these things. Are we going to let them destroy us or are we going to learn from them and let our disappointments and failures work for good in our lives. Charles Swindoll addresses this in such a wonderful way.
Charles Swindoll says it like this, (Quote) ..By accepting life's tests and temptations as friends—by allowing them to enter our private world and produce the rare quality of endurance—we become people "of mature character." There is no shortcut. The idea of instant endurance is nonsense. The pain brought on by interruptions and disappointments, by loss and failure, by accidents and disease, by changes and surprises, is the long and arduous road to maturity. There is no other. One thing bumps up against another, which in turn bumps another, and during the process, endurance helps us mature. Periodically, however, we will find ourselves at a loss to know what to do or how to respond—that's when we ask for help. At those junctures, God delivers more than intelligence . . . much more than clever ideas and good ol' common sense. He dips into His well of wisdom and allows us to drink from His bucket.
Have a great Day, Dee