Setbacks Have An Upside

We may look at someone’s career and see their success. However, we don’t know what “setbacks” they may have encountered. Such a person was an American swimmer, Dara Torres who appeared in five different Olympics, from 1984 to 2008. Late in her career, Dara broke the US record for the 50-meter free style, 25 years after she herself set that record. Dara also encountered obstacles in her athletic career; injuries, surgery, as well as being almost twice the age of most of her competitors. She stated, “I’ve wanted to win at everything, everyday, since I was a child.” She also stated she was aware that setbacks have upsides; they fuel dreams.

Brothers and Sisters, “Setbacks Have An Upside,” is a great lesson in life for you and I. Dara’s struggles motivated her to reach for new heights. They have spiritual benefits too.

James 1:2-3
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Brothers and Sisters, like Dara’s setbacks, our setbacks have an upside, as well. According to James 1:2-3, this perspective on the difficulties of life is not easy, but it is worthwhile. Trials provide opportunity to deepen our own personal relationship with God.

Setbacks also provide the opening to learn lessons that success cannot teach by developing in us the kind of patience that waits on God and trusts Him for the strength to endure.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Trials are of outward circumstances, conflicts, suffering, and troubles which are encountered by all of us,(believers). Trials are not pleasant and may be extremely grievous. As believers, you and I are to consider them as opportunities for rejoicing. Troubles and difficulties are a tool which refines and purifies our faith, producing patience and endurance.

Testing our faith also appears in 1 Peter 1:7. The aim of testing is not to destroy or afflict, but to purge and refine. It is essential to Christian maturity, for Abraham’s faith had to be tested (Gen. 22:1-8).

Patience: The meaning of patience transcends the idea of bearing affliction; it includes the idea of standing fast under pressure, with a staying power that turns adversities into opportunities.

Heavenly Father, in our time of trials, Lord teach us to wait for You. Please teach us even more to trust the love You have for us. As we do, may we learn Your wisdom and have the patience to endure.

Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Have a Blessed Day.

Courtesy of Edward Jeffries

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