Dec 6, 2010

I might have to wait, I'll never give up

It's hard to be thankful for the hard times.  Especially when you're right in the middle of one.  It's hard to see past any hurt or pain, or through any confusion or anxiety.  But one thing I've learned over time is that even when things get bad, it's for a reason.

But you won't find out why until you've gone through the struggle.

I don't think there is anything more gratifying than having gone through something that you had no idea how to handle, then later reflect on why it happened, what you learned and why you're better for it.  I remember when I didn't get my (anticipated) internship at MTV that I was completely heartbroken.  But I know the reason why I didn't get it now, and that's so fulfilling for me.  Even though I was hurting and wanted answers then, getting the answers after maturing and reflecting have made it so much better for me.

This year has been a rather interesting one, filled with personal and professional successes and disappointments.  I realize now why some things had to wait, and I still don't know why other things happened.  The good thing is that I will find out soon enough.

"I might have to wait, I'll never give up
I guess it's half timing, and the other half's luck"
Michael Buble

A lot of us are working very hard.  We're tired.  Exhausted.  Putting in a lot of hours and not getting paid adequately.  Some of us are lonely.  We want companions and we're longing for comfort.  God knows this.  It's not unnoticed.  Your hard work might be beating you down now, but it's going to pay off when it matters -- when you have a husband or wife, children; when your parents get older.  You'll look back and realize, "Ah, this is why I was working my finger to the bone back then."  And you won't always be lonely.  Sometimes God gives you time to yourself so you can rebuild your confidence and your faith in Him; so that you may progress in yourself in a way that attracts the people you need in your life.

Don't let life's disappointments get you down.  Appreciate them and thank God for them, because they are what is morphing you into the outstanding human being God wants you to be.  When one door closes, another opens.  When you feel you've hit rock-bottom, the only way to go is up.  Stay confident.

"God allows suffering so that we might learn what it means to depend on Him.  Over and over He reminds us of the danger of pride, but it frequently takes suffering to make the lesson stick.
God also allows suffering so that we might learn to give thanks in everything.  Now, honestly, have you said, 'Thanks, Lord, for this test?' Have you finally stopped struggling and expressed to Him how much you appreciate His loving sovereignty over your life?" Bedside Blessings

Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; ... I shall be confident.  Psalm 27:3

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