The Bright Side of Struggles


We’re all facing struggles.

We could talk on and on about our awful finances, our struggling marriage, or our shallow relationships with our kids.

But what if we looked at things in a new way?

Instead of asking why God is allowing us to face these struggles, what if we asked how these struggles can most glorify Him? 1 Peter 4:12-13 encourages us with this simple message:

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” 

Maybe your awful finances is a chance for you to start over–to change your financial lifestyle and be an example to others of giving to God first.

Maybe your struggling marriage is a chance for you and your spouse to pursue counseling. And maybe this counseling could strengthen your marriage so that you’re one day able to encourage others to have a Christ-centered relationship.

And maybe your shallow relationship with your kids is a chance for you to reevaluate your priorities in life. Maybe it means spending less time at work or on the phone and more time with your kids.

So be encouraged to stop focusing on the downside of your struggles and start thinking through how your struggles can lead you to better glorify God!

Posted on: June 01, 2016