Surviving setbacks and heartbreaks allows us to mature, grow and feel grateful – IF we know how to embrace them.
Frankly, I’d prefer to remain a tad immature if it
The trick for me is not to dilute the good times by fearing the other shoe will drop at any moment while I’m basking in the sun.
“God whispers to us in our pleasures….but shouts in our pain,” said C. S. Lewis who noted our troubles carry multiple benefits. They grab our attention when we’re ignoring something important and it’s only when we feel the heat that we begin to make necessary changes.
Another tricky part it not to let your hard times make you bitter and negative. You don’t have to be grateful for your troubles,. but you can be thankful in spite of them. There’s an old hymn we used to sing in the First Presbyterian Church of West Point, MS. It went:“Count your Blessings, Name them One by One.” Becoming a thankful person can be the healthiest change we can make in our lives and studies show gratitude can make us more resistant to illness and stress.