It was in my late teens that I heard the saying: “Life is not out to break you but to make you.” This statement has helped me tremendously over the ears as I faced numerous struggles in life. I would remember the words of Jesus: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33ESV)
When the pain became physical and I was bed-ridden for months at a time, I began to question my own perspectives. “Maybe life is out to break me, not to make me.” I helped so many others to find hope, but I ended up in a hopeless situation.
Through numerous tragedies in her life, Lee Ezell in her book,Finding Hope When Life’s Not Fair, says: “…it may be way too early to judge whether or not this catastrophe in your life will ultimately be devastating. Perhaps you will soon see how God is working it into His plan for you! Both the good and the bad may be woven together into the beautiful tapestry of our life.”
So what if you think life is out to break you, not make you? Remember that Jesus has overcome the world and he offers us his peace. If you can wait long enough, he works it out in our lives so that it becomes something beautiful in his eyes, either here on earth or beyond.
How have you handled your situations where you felt that life is out to break you, not make you? Do you have suggestions for others in the same situation?
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