For a man’s anger does not bring
about the righteous life
that God desires
Have you ever had to do something you didn’t want to do? Maybe go to work, do the pile of laundry that is staring at you, go to a doctor's appointment, clean the house, attend a function. I can think of a whole list of things I don’t want to do. For instance, my taxes at this moment. I do not want to do them, but it is something that has to be done.
Throughout life we are faced with a multitude of things we don’t want to do, but we know we have to. Some of things we have to do are more serious and more challenging than others. But, what I have learned through taking on these dreaded “to-do" lists, is that sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do, in order to get something better.
For example, before I started my magazine I was in a job environment that was less than desirable. I was judged, I was criticized, and my job was almost impossible to even do. I couldn’t understand why God was allowing me to endure such a place that caused me so much pain and hurt. I wanted to quit. However, I pushed through (barely) and now I can see why I was placed in such a situation. In that time I was able to learn how to work under pressure, how to handle difficult people, and how not to be so sensitive. Had I not done the thing I didn’t want to do – which was going to work every – day during that time, I would not have learned all these things and I don’t think I would have been ready to start this magazine God had set before me.
I am not saying that by doing that pile of laundry you are going to learn about yourself. What I am saying is that there are difficult things we must do to help us learn about ourselves. Maybe you are suffering a breaking marriage or friendship; the last thing you want to do is confront it. You may not want to see or be told about your flaws. Maybe you are suffering from an addiction and you do not want to fix it because you are afraid that people will look down on you. Maybe you are having to lay a loved one to rest and you can't bare to do it because of the pain it causes. There are so many things we are faced with that we just have to do in order to live the life God gave us and grow. We've heard the saying, “ when God closes a door, he opens another.” Some of those closed doors leave scars, but it’s the scars that remind us – we survived – we are much stronger than we think.
God gives us challenges in order to grow us. He places us in not-so-comfortable situations so we may grow. Sometimes, we pass His test – sometimes we do not. If we don't, we take the test again when God administers it. God knows the exact numbers of hair on your head, therefore He knows the plan for you – our part in this is to just follow it.
If we only did the things we wanted to do, we wouldn't be the survivalists we are and I don’t think we would be the people we are. Take that step, and take on that challenge to become who God wants you to be. Even if you don’t want to.
It will be worth it in the end.