Living Vibrantly in the Midst of Struggle

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I’ve been off teaching school and coaching. I’ve learned a lot about people (and will continue to do so). One thing that so easily bogs me down is a little adversity. I’m not talking big things, but rather little things. The hospital bill shows up, the tires need changed, the weather is bad, or a parent wasn’t so open to my suggestions on the phone about their child.

If we want to avoid the joy being sucked out of our life, we have to have hope in something greater. We have to believe that there is a greater calling and purpose for every little trial we face. I believe there is, and the whole point is to either point us to Jesus, or to make us more like him.

The Apostle Peter writes about the refiner’s fire, how we will come out a pure metal through struggle. I think it also reminds us we can’t depend on anything or anyone on this Earth to complete us or to fill a gap in our happiness.

Therefore, go ahead and accept the day will have struggles. Instead of choosing to wallow in the mud, instead look for ways these trials will make you more patient, more loving, and more dependent on God. Romans 8:28. Thanks for reading.

Why Direction Relates to Joy

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There I was graduating college with a degree in Broadcasting. I really didn’t know what I wanted, other than I knew I wasn’t going to be working in that field. Ironic, wasn’t it? I didn’t want to work the crazy hours for so little pay in events I had no interest in.

As I sat on my rental house’s couch for the next couple weeks (after being deceived into thinking it was a great idea to just hang out for a semester) I watched my bank account drain.

I also felt a tug in my heart to go after something.

I found that life was much more fun with a goal in mind or something to achieve. I really didn’t know what that was though. I stumbled across substitute teaching (because that was the quickest way to employment.) I found out I loved spending my day with the kids, interacting with them and listening to their stories. I had found something I really enjoyed. I actually eagerly looked forward to that call at 6 the next morning that would ask if I could come in and fill in for a teacher.

I found myself up out of bed, motivated to do a good job (which is also fulfilling) and to do it again the next day. I eventually figured out that I wanted to do it full time. So, now I teach. I had goals formed and a direction set and I was able to get to the finish line, all the while seeing things come together to reach it.

Do you have an idea of where you want to end up? Maybe not in a career, but in relationships, in income, in your relationship with God? Let’s hear what you think. Feel free to comment!