It’s easy to love someone who seems to have their lives together.
When we see someone who appears to be in complete control of almost every situation and appears to always have their best foot forward, we envy them as in that moment we convince ourselves that their lives are free of the stress and anxieties that we all endure on a regular basis.
Seeing people who have it together makes us realize that we are falling apart.
In light of these thoughts, we make a daily effort to run from the worries and anxieties that our lives seem to be plagued with in a frantic attempt rid ourselves of them completely.
Yet what we don’t realize is that in every moment that we are confronted with a person or a situation that makes us stressed or anxious, we are actually being confronted with something that is far more central to who we are as individuals than just heedless grief and frustration.
In our most stressful moments, we are confronted with our own weaknesses and insecurities.
Whether its worry over an upcoming exam that we are terrified of failing, concern over a house that never seems to be clean, or fear of a work deadline that is fast approaching, every stressful event in our lives can be boiled down to us being confronted with our inability to control a situation.
This is a good thing, not a bad thing.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
God doesn’t allow these things to happen in life because he doesn’t want to have a good life.
God is so awesome that he sees you not only for who you are now but for who you have the potential to become.
God knows not only for who you are but for who you could be.
He sees the future you that doesn’t need to be anxious about paying back loans and debt.
He sees the future you that doesn’t have to feel defeated for being single.
He sees the future you that can be analytical and hopeful in the face of hardship rather than broken down and defeated.
He sees the future you that can look at the difficult moments in life as something to be exalted as an opportunity to grow and advance rather than something to be feared and dreaded.
When you feel as though you are at your worst, God sees the opportunity for you to become your best.
Rather than keep you weak, ignorant, and completely dependent on the world around you, God would instead have you to be strong, wise, and independent so that you can hope to one lead and not just follow.
What an amazing God he is to push us like that.
So the next time that you feel stressed or anxious about something, press into that fear with the intent to overcome it rather than immediately try to run from it.
Close your eyes to the world around you and genuinely ask yourself “how can I become a better person from this?”.
When we make an effort to look at stressful situations as an opportunity to learn and grow, we come one step closer living a life that is completely free of fear and strife and instead filled with glory and hope.
Let your most stressful moments bring out the best in you and live your life renewed.
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 8
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