Faith in the face of adversity: Practicing resilience in daily life

Sometimes in life, we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.-By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Life has its seasons and each season has its appointed time and believe it or not a purpose. Pursuing indicators of success such as owning a home, purchase of a luxury vehicle, obtaining a bachelor’s degree and/or higher, and employment with a high paid salary to name a few are often pursued first which is contrary to the way of living in the kingdom of God (Matt.6:33). I recall my first time failing a course in the history of my “education.” During my second year of college, my grade point average was a rock steady 3.0 each quarter! This was a huge accomplishment for me for several reasons to include the fact that I was enlisted in the military simultaneously and furthering my education on scholarship all of which I had deemed impossible yet managed to muster faith to pursue. Honestly, I was trying to make sense of my life and the decisions that I had made. Although I viewed my first ever failed course as a catastrophe, now I deem it as another great learning opportunity¬† that taught me how to overcome past, present and future failures and to remain optimistic no matter what season life yields (1 Thess. 5:18). This particular event shifted my definition of success and encouraged me to reflect on the fact that even Jesus Christ had to be processed before fulfilling his assignment that He was sent to accomplish. Considerably, my situations have not been and I truly doubt will ever be as excruciating as His crucifixion for starters and definitely not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18). With this in mind, I have learned to view life as a classroom, to appreciate every moment and to allow God’s thoughts to define you, your life and everything around you. The journey does get tough, but remember that seasons do not last forever!

 

Mr. Lenoris Daniels

Mr. Personhood