Life is all about perspective. If we see difficult people and painful situations as threats, they may become prisons for our souls. Like inmates in medieval dungeons, we languish away for days and weeks, wishing the problems would just go away, or we try frantically to get out any way we can.
Whether our problems are caused by our own mistakes, the sins of others, natural disasters, or anything else, our difficulties can, instead of dungeons, become classrooms where we learn life’s greatest lessons.
In some circles today, Christian leaders teach that God wants everybody to have peace and plenty, lots of money, and all the happiness in the world. That may sell books, but it doesn’t help much when God allows difficulties to take us deeper into a relationship of trusting Him. Paul recommends a different perspective, one that sees problems not as prisons but as classrooms where God gets our attention, transforms our character, and gives us strong hope in the things that are most valuable — His will and His ways. Eventually, the lessons take us to the heart of God, where we experience His kindness and love more deeply than ever before.
Reprinted, with humble admiration, from Life Promises for Leaders, by Zig Ziglar