Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.
Let’s face it you're going to have trials in your life. You want to live life with no worries, no problems and no unfulfilled dreams but that's just not going to happen. No matter who you are, you will do at least one thing in your life to screw up your plans but don’t fret there is hope.
In fact there are three ways to overcome the trials in your life and move forward towards success. The trick is you must never focus on your failures but learn from them, don’t listen to naysayers and always have faith. To repeat you must always have faith.
If you’re reading this and you’ve never had any problems in your life which have drawn you down, congratulations. If you’re one of the ones who sometimes feel like the poster child for Murphy’s Law then then this advice is for you.
Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.
— Proverbs 3:5-8
Learn From Your Failures
"For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity." Proverbs 24:16
This verse in Proverbs says, "the righteous are going to fall seven times and rise again"
The first key to overcome trials Is to learn your lesson and move on. As Christians who travel along this path called life you've most likely had your share of bad days, weeks or months. The trick for not letting your failures overtake you is not to focus on the failures but to learn from them and move on. What do you learn?
You learn, so you do not make the same mistake again at least not for a little. You also learn with some decisions in life you need to talk to other people for advice. Some of the worst decisions you ever made in your life were probably made by you alone.
Don’t Listen to Naysayers
Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
The second key to overcome trials in life is not to listen to the advice of so called friends or well meaning coworkers. One of the interesting facts of life you may have discovered already is that when you’re down the naysayers come out in full force. What are naysayers?
They are the Eeyores of this world who love to tell you how bad they feel about how bad you feel about your failure. On the surface this sounds really great but the problem with naysayers is their advice tends to always be on the negative side. They tend to say things like, “Why should you bother even trying again because it will never work out?” or “Just give up now you’ll avoid a lot of trouble.
Paul in Romans 12:14, says to "bless those who persecute you." While "naysayers" technically aren't persecuting you they are dragging you down with their "so called" motivations speeches. The key to overcoming naysayers is to always have in the Lord to pull you through.
Always Have Faith
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:11
The third key to overcoming trials in your life is to always have faith God will pull you through them. As a Christian you have learned from sermons and the Bible no matter what comes your way, lost job, daughter moving away, deer eating your bushes, no matter what you will always have faith. Why? Faith leads to hope, hope leads to perseverance and perseverance leads to better days ahead.
Now you might be asking the question where should I place my faith, in myself. No way if you did you would be destined for a big letdown. No, place you whole faith in God. If you always have faith in Him and His ability to hold you up when you feel like falling to the ground you know someday, maybe not tomorrow or the next day or the day after that, but someday you will be okay. Faith is one of those aspects of life that when you have faith in God you will more faith in God as He sees you through the trials of life.
Some Final Thoughts
There you have three aspects of making your way through the trials which may befall you in life. The key to overcoming trials is learning from them and then moving on, taking your advice from God or a Pastor or Elder, not some well meaning Naysayer and of course always having faith in God.