We usually define “adversity” as difficulty and “gift” as endowment; something that is free. And we are almost always surprised when confronted with adversity, somehow believing that difficulty should never come into our lives. It is viewed as something to get rid of as quickly as possible because it is just plain bad, with no redeeming value.
However, most of us don’t grow as people while our lives are running smoothly. We just enjoy the easy ride and whatever positives (gifts) seem to come from it. Growth can be uncomfortable, difficult, and tedious so we put it aside as long as possible.
But if we are willing to deal with the difficulties with eyes, minds, and hearts open, we can learn much from these times. And it is the lessons we take from adversity that are the gifts which encourage growth in our lives.
Copyright 2014 Lynn Borenius Brown
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