Here’s a scripture in the Bible that says:
Consider it wholly joyful my brethren whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith brings out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects] lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4; Amplified)
In today’s society, patience is a necessity. Patience is without question a character trait that puts you in a position to receive any dream or goal you may have. With this in mind, the prerequisite for patience is what I believe every individual must understand. As a young man, I remember praying on a consistent basis for the ability to exhibit patience in every area of my life. Unknowingly to me at that time was that what I was truly praying for was trials and tribulations to come in my life. Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. I’m in no way saying that God is responsible for the trials and tribulations I’ve faced throughout my life. However, I am convinced that I’ve received exactly what I prayed for several years ago. Trials and Tribulations come to us all. The late great Jim Rohn said, “Don’t pray for less problems, pray for more skills. The same wind blows on us all.” How true!
If we are going to be all that we can possibly be during our lifetime, being able to endure the many test that life presents will be essential to master along the way. So how do we manage/endure the challenges that life presents to us? Through the years I’ve discovered that there’s not a multitude of things one must do in order to overcome the challenges you may face in life. Many times the trials present themselves to prepare and position you for a greater promotion during this journey we call life. Below is what I’ve found to be highly effective in dealing with the many trials and tribulations that we all face:
1. Always keep God first
If you’re going to endure and ultimately overcome any storm in life you must acknowledge, rely, and recognize that you are incapable of succeeding without the help of a Higher power in your life. Staying connected to your Source (see Genesis 1: 26-27) is absolutely essential to get through the hard times in your life.
2. Decide to respond, not react
Reacting to circumstances in life means you’re being led to make decisions based on your emotions instead of clear thought and understanding of the situation at hand. When you respond to circumstances and situations in life you’ve literally rehearsed any possible solution or outcome and on the canvas of your imagination (mind), you have already gotten a picture of yourself making coming out on top of the situation whatever it may be. We must learn to relax and at all cost not panic when we are presented with what may be a unfortunate trial or tribulation. This is however only possible when Step 1 is an internal reality in your heart.
3. Value and invest in positive relationships
We are all by-products of our most closest associates. Whom we choose to spend our time with on a consistent basis feeds our thought patterns, our disciplines, and our lifestyles. If your closest friends are poverty stricken and hopeless, you will undoubtedly fall in line to become the same. Every quarter we should do a self-assessment. Assess every area of life, spiritual, family, health, business, etc…. If you were to look at your life 5 years ago, is there any difference now from 5 years ago? If so, how much of your growth or stagnation can you contribute to the relationships developed down through the years? Expressing your gratitude, love and acknowledgement of one’s value will create the desire within others to help you accomplish your goals in ways you can’t imagine.
Many times the circumstances in life seem to come upon us unexpectantly due to our own lack of prioritizing. Make it a point to schedule your days, your weeks, your months, and even years in advance. Doing so will help (not eliminate completely) the distractions in your life that causes you to neglect those things that need greater attention from you and your organization. By prioritizing your life based on your values you can better prepare for the situations that may come without preconceived notion.
I want to hear from you, what are some ways you have found most effective in dealing with the trials and tribulations in your life?