Check out this inspirational article written by Djehuty Ma'at-Ra, celebrity herbalist and founder of Dhealthstore.com.
This article has helped me through so many trying times. The link to it is here:https://www.dhealthstore.com/index.php/articles/motivational-inspirational/we-acquire-strength.html
That's right! We most certainly do acquire
strength in what we overcome. Trials, tribulations, obstacles,
challenges, and problems, which are really all synonyms as they are
interchangeable, do not shape character; these things simply reveal
character. That's right! They reveal character!
Character is not shaped, but revealed - revealed
through overcoming your trials, tribulations, ordeals, challenges, and
problems with a sound mind.
Your character is already shaped before you
incarnated or was born and you must go through some things in life, some
challenges, in order to help manifest your character, bring it to the
surface of your conscious existence here on Earth in your present life
It is very true in that what doesn't kill us only
makes us stronger and this is because we learn valuable things (lessons)
about ourselves through undergoing trials, challenges, tribulations,
and hard times that we'd otherwise may not have known about ourselves or
never knew about ourselves.
Hard times, challenges, obstacles, trials,
tribulations, and problems not only reveal our character, but also help
to refine and polish our character as well as help us become aware or
more aware of our personal ethics, morals, and scruples, as well as what
we stand for in our life - our principles.
Many times, we may refer to our trials,
tribulations, obstacles, challenges, and problems as 'catching hell' and
this is really a befitting phrase if we understand the symbolism
associated with hell and hellfire.
Hell is actually a state of mind and not necessarily
some place located in the center of the Earth where souls go after
death or transition for eternal damnation or punishment; and fire is an
element that reduces matter down into its most basic and elementary
state, so when we say we are catching hell in life, all we are really
saying is that because of some action on our part that resulted from our
thinking and frame of mind, we are in a mental state of hell - torture,
torment, and suffering; not necessarily as punishment for some alleged
sin, but actually, for purposes of breaking us down to our lowest or
most base state whereby we may reflect on the very actions and thoughts
that led us to this state of hell in the first place.
Eternal damnation of the soul would serve no real
purpose, not for a loving God anyway. Outside of heat or warmth, fire is
only for purposes of purification and even the soul can use
purification due to corrupt living by the host (person).
It was we ourselves who put ourselves in this mental
state of hell, no one else, and we must learn to take responsibility
and accountability not only for our actions, but also for our thoughts,
which precede our actions.
I learned many years ago through my study of occult
symbolism that the Devil's pitchfork actually represented "stress." The
fictitious character called "The Devil" is merely a symbol (not
necessarily a person or being) for evil and it is from evil, doing evil
deeds, that actually causes us the greatest stress in our lives,
especially if we are conscious.
For many people, it is catching hell in life that
usually sends them to God, and usually the first row of pews in church
the next Sunday morning, or, it may be the mosque or synagogue depending
on your personal religious persuasion. However, in our society, very
few people come to God or an understanding of God (or even a
relationship with God), on their own accord and volition, without being
in trouble (catching hell).
But for a lot of people, it takes catching hell to
get their act right and come correct before God and start to live
consciously, righteously, deliberately, and salubriously.
It takes many people to be under serious hellfire to
come before God and plead: "God (or Lord), if you get me out of this
jam [mess, situation] I swear I'll get my act together and live right;
I'll stop the evil, wrong, bad, unrighteousness, etc. and get myself
together - please God! Help me! Save me, Lord!
Even though it is we ourselves who create our own
hell (mental state) and bring hellfire (trouble, problems) unto
ourselves by way of wrong thoughts and actions, it is we ourselves (with
the help of God, of course) who can pull ourselves out of our mental
hell state that we originally put ourselves in.
Putting ourselves in hell (and through hell) and
pulling ourselves out boil down to choice. That's right! Choice!
Something we make every single day. We make choices every single day of
our lives when we choose what we eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner;
what clothes we will wear for the day, what we will watch on the
television, what radio station we'll listen to on the way to work each
morning, etc. Our daily lives just as our whole existence on Earth
Overcoming obstacles strengthen our faith in so many
things, including God, ourselves (abilities, talents, character), as
well as solutions (a way out). As the obstacles we face become heavier
and heavier, and with each one we successfully overcome, our faith gets
stronger and stronger. Our increase in faith is usually in proportion to
the weight (intensity) of the obstacle, challenge, trial, tribulation,
or problem; so, the bigger the problem, the stronger the faith on the
other side (where we come out victoriously).
Obstacles, trials, tribulations, challenges, and
problems strengthen our faith and also educate us if we have eyes to see
(spiritual eyesight, that is) and can see the very valuable life
lessons hidden within them.
We experience problems for two reasons: (1) to overcome them, and (2) to learn from them.
There is no trial, tribulation, challenge, obstacle,
or problem too powerful or insurmountable for any of us to overcome if
we make up our minds to deal head on with a sound and sober mind, our
problem(s), no matter what the problem(s) may be.
If we stay focused on the prize (the victory, the
triumph), remain steadfast in our trust and belief or faith in God
(regardless of what you call or deem God as or to be), decide to
persevere and be persistent, decide to be optimistic, and embrace a
positive mental attitude, we are bound to come out on the other side of
any trial, tribulation, obstacle, challenge, or problem in one piece,
stronger in faith, and victorious.
Every problem has an answer and that answer can
always be found within the very problem itself (if you know to look
there), for just as every natural fruit contains a seed within, so does
every problem contain an answer within. You just have to have faith that
the answer is there to be found and will be found and that you will
come out on the other side victorious.
Thank you for reading!
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