Remembering the Tough Times

If only we could be on top of the world forever. Big name and big bucks. I haven’t gotten very high on the success hill (according to the world’s standards), but when I did start climbing the hill, I rolled back down very quickly.

Simply put, you can’t be on top of the world forever because it’s going to rotate; and you’ll soon be on the bottom.

For example, your freshman year in high school seems like torture because you’re the newbie; but your senior year feels like a dream. Then, as soon as you get used to feeling like a big dog, you become a freshman in college. It’s a cycle that sometimes feels intimidating and depressing.

I’ve been through this transition myself. When I was in seventh grade, I started attending a homeschool tutorial. I was insecure, lonely, and intimidated. But as the years passed, I made some friends and always had a group of girls to be with. Then things changed again, and life moved on. Some of my friends graduated, and others started hanging around different people.

As time goes on, you experience difficult transitions that make you realize important lessons. You can’t empathize with others who are struggling until you’ve struggled, too. It may be hard for people to understand what you’re going through because they’ve never been through it before. I have a hard time sympathizing with the homeless because I’ve never been homeless, but maybe I have a soft spot for lonely girls because I’ve been lonely before.

As you probably know, every experience happens to Christians for a reason. Maybe you’ve experienced a trial to help someone else get through it.

I can sulk about losing my group of friends (which I sometimes do), or I can use this opportunity to reach out to other girls and be kind to them. If you’ve had depression or moved away from your hometown or been gossiped about, you need to take action and help someone else get past it.

I’m sure God has placed someone in your life who’s going through a trial you’ve gone through. Send him a card. Encourage her with Bible verses. Make her dinner. Offer to pray with him. Do something to show that person that you understand his situation and that he is loved by God.

We urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:14 NASB)

The lonely girl in the hallway just needs a friend to sit by. The man who recently got finished with rehab just needs a word of encouragement. The woman whose husband left her simply needs someone to watch her kids for an hour while she runs errands.

Simply asking how you can relate to others is a terrific start. Maybe you’ve never been homeless, but I’m sure you’ve prayed for other provisions. Maybe you’ve never been disabled, but I’m sure you’ve felt discouraged. Maybe you’ve never been to jail, but maybe you’ve felt trapped by the Enemy.

God has blessed believers with purpose. Even our hardships happen for a reason. Don’t completely forget about the tough times you’ve experienced because you can use them to build up other people.

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