Overcoming Adversity

 
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Stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Whether we like it or not, adversity like pain and death is a part of life. Regardless of how hard-working, intelligent, or perceptive we are, we’ll all encounter struggle, challenges, and at times heart-wrenching moments. Is this meant to be a negative, pessimistic assessment of what we have to look forward to? Absolutely not! In fact, thank God for adversity! Scripture teaches us that learning to deal with adversity produces perseverance, which builds character, hope, and resilience. (Romans 5:3-4)

Every challenge or difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, our confidence, and our ability to conquer future obstacles. The Greek philosopher Herodotus said, “Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have lain dormant in its absence.” Accept the fact that adversity is inevitable in life. It won’t do any good to deny or avoid it.

 

 
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– lean into it. Everywhere you look there is undeniable struggle. Throughout the world, there are floods and tsunamis, famines and wars, and calamities of all types. Even within your own circle of family and friends, there may be tremendous tragedy and loss. Bad things happen to good people and life often seems unfair…so what can you do?
First, find hope and inspiration from others who have overcome incredible struggles and seemingly insurmountable odds. They weathered the storms of life and triumphantly
rose from the ashes of despair…so can you. Second, exercise your faith muscles.

When you are facing difficult people and situations, remember to spend face-time with
God preparing yourself mentally and emotionally to confront your troubles head-on.
Third, connect with others who encourage you and share a common vision for the
future. When the going gets tough, the tough stand together…united by a common
purpose and vision.

If we all stand together, the Strawberry Fields community will become a force that can change the world.

 

 
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Tom Massey

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