“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired.
Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry, and the tears are blurring your vision.
Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.
Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see.
Frolic, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you’re afraid of what the dreams might bring.
Run, even when it feels like you can’t run any more.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience—you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don’t live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
There are surely times in our lives when we need a wake-up call, isn’t there? When the burdens are so heavy, and the struggles are just too real. We have our highs and lows, and the rollercoaster of life sometimes feels like just too much. But we push on, we carry on, and eventually we see the sun rise again.
This is human; being a human. Unfortunately while living on earth, we will be learning things the hard way. There’s not a single one of us that will get through life without nicks, bruises, punches, and for some of us down-and-out brawls. But the truth is, it’s the challenging times which make us stronger. We’ve heard that a million times, but we still find ourselves in the middle of the storm with our faith teetering. I know God got me through the last storm, but where is he right now when I need him?
Sometimes when we’re feeling the depths of despair, our faith weakens. However, this is the EXACT time we need to rest in Proverbs 3:5 “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and all your mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” Because He WILL see us through our hardships, and we WILL understand why we’re going through them someday. Our hardship may even become our life purpose.
What do I mean by that? I’ll throw you some examples below:
- Joan of Arc
- Nelson Mandela
- Helen Keller
- Winston Churchill
- Rosa Parks
- Catherine the Great
- Marie Curie
- Olaudah Equiano
- Pope John Paul II
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- Stephen Hawking
- Thomas Edison
- Jesse Owens
- J.K. Rowling
- Florence Nightingale
- Elizabeth Fry
- Malala Yousafzai
Curious about their struggles and how they overcame them? Watch this quick video (6:50 minutes) to learn about each of these amazing people .
I believe that when we’re at our lowest, we can actually use technology to our benefit. Watching videos on the Net about people who have overcome what we’re going through gives us added ammunition for our battle. Because you are just as amazing as any of the people I listed above. We need to stop and think about our legacy. We need to pray for discernment. “Father, which path shall I take?” Usually it’s the hardest path we must take, but it’s the most important one. Can you imagine any of the people I mentioned above just giving up? No.
Don’t ever give up! There is no one else is the world like you, and we need what you have to offer. God will use your trials as your testimony if you let him, and he’ll also use your gifts to better the world.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
God bless each and every one of you. You are amazing, and you’ve GOT this!