Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blessings Within Adversity

The purpose of life is to gain a physical body and be tested in all things so that we can qualify to return to God.

No matter what you call it; opposition, adversity, trials, problems or just plain life—none of us are immune from its sting. No individual or group will escape pain, suffering or sorrow. And, while it is true that there are consequences attached to our decisions, our earthly circumstances are not a reflection of how much God loves us. It is simply, part of the test.

It is important to note that without opposition nothing has meaning. How can we know joy without pain, happiness without sorrow, or prosperity without poverty?

As we are able to shift our perspective from “Why is this happening to me?” to “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” we gain the faith and the strength to overcome each trial, one prayer and one day at a time.

The Prophet Joseph Smith gave us this characterization of himself:

“I am like a huge, rough stone rolling down from a high mountain; and the only polishing I get is when some corner gets rubbed off by coming in contact with something else, striking with accelerated force…Thus I will become a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty.”

Adversity is a master teacher. However, it is up to us to decide how long it will take to learn, and what price it will cost us before we succumb to each lesson.

Our Savior Jesus Christ has shown us the way by setting a perfect example and atoning for our sins. He overcame sin and death, and has paved the path back to our Heavenly Father.

This knowledge has brought peace to me as I toil with all of God’s children through this life. I am so happy to know that with Christ as the pattern, and God’s plan, that all things will work for my good.

How glorious it is to know that we can all reach our potential through overcoming adversity and placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

-Posted by Nathan McConkie- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


2 comments:

  1. Sometimes the pain amid adversity is so thick for me that I can't actually see what is happening to my faith in the moment. But if I turn to God and His Son for the grace needed to endure, and endure well, I look back on what has happened and the ability to overcome and I can't help but breathe great relief and gratitude that Christ loved me enough to let me struggle, but not let me fail. I know that difficulty is opportunity. It is the invitation to know Christ better. And He does not forsake.

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  2. It is so true that when adversity comes we have two choices - to turn away from God and blame Him or to turn TO Him. The first brings resentment and isolation from the love of God. The second brings peace of mind and a knowledge that we are LOVED! Not that it's easy to do when we're struggling through particularly difficult trials in life. It's much easier to say, "Why me? What did I do wrong? What did I do to deserve this?" Bad things happen - to everyone. But our Heavenly Father has promised to be there for us through every trial - no matter what. We simply have to turn to Him and He will always, always be there.

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