One question in particular from this book really stood out to me. Number 36 asks, What has God taught you in the following situations in your life: failure, pain, waiting, not having enough money, facing disappointment, and facing criticism?
I do not often take the time to sit down and write about what God has taught me, despite the fact that He teaches me something new every single day. That's right, everyday. So, as I was working through this question, I thought that maybe some of you might like to hear about what God is teaching me in these areas. If not, I hope you will learn something anyways. AND I have decided to make this a link-up! I hope that you will participate and link-up with what God is teaching you in these areas!
Failure.God has taught me that failure is OK, and that as Christians, we are expected to fail for it is our nature. Failure is a part of God's plan, and it is meant to help us grow and show us that we absolutely need God's Grace. Failure, in my experience, usually has a positive outcome, although not always immediately. For example, failure may show you that maybe that job you really wanted and didn't get wasn't so great for you after all, or that maybe because you thought you found the right person to spend your life with, God had someone better for you.
Pain.Many people wonder, if there is a God, why does He let me suffer? At least that is what I used to think before I met Jesus. He has taught me that pain is temporary and it always passes. He has also shown me that so much good can come from pain, similar to what I mentioned above about failure.
Waiting.God shows me everyday that waiting is SO WORTH IT! Seriously, good things really do come to those who wait.Trust that waiting might not be fun, but it is a part of His wonderful plan for you.
Not having enough money.God has shown me that the term "enough" needs to be looked at by HIS definition and not my own. That my idea of "enough" is surely different from His. When that is taken into consideration, I can live in confidence that I will always have "enough" of what I need. I can live in confidence that God will provide me with enough money to survive, and although that might not be much, He has thought me that I need to glorify Him for what he has given me. Additionally, I have learned to look at the terms "need" versus "want" very closely.
Facing disappointment.Jesus has taught me that disappointment is lessened when you put your faith in God, and God solely. He will never disappoint, although His Will might not always make sense at the time. Learning to lessen your expectations of others and just trust in Jesus can make a world of difference.
Facing criticism.In terms of facing criticism, He has demonstrated to me that I need to listen, even if I don't like what I am hearing. He has revealed to me that I can't expect to grow if I am not receptive to criticism, and that I need to trust that those giving me criticism are not doing it to hurt me, but instead to help me.
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