A friend and I just had a conversation about this topic. We've all heard this... if you were to gather a stadium of people together, ask them to take all of their troubles/challenges/problems and put them into a backpack, then have them all label their backpacks and put them into the center of the stadium. Then, have everyone in the stadium, walk around the center of the stadium with the option of the backpack of their choice, MOST people would go home with their own backpack.
I believe this wholeheartedly. In the past few days, I've spoken with several different people, who have shared their personal trials. Some of them, in great depth. I love these people. All are wonderful, blessed people. And yet they are dealing with some very serious challenges in life. A friend just shared the situation of a friend of theirs. I was in disbelief. These people are mega-multi-millionaires and have a lifestyle that includes owning jets, having servants (not just a housekeeper) and a lifestyle that we see in the movies. Yet, they are lonely and still seeking happiness. Another friend who, seemingly, "has it all", is experiencing struggles that, in my own personal experience and knowledge, are unmatched. Another friend shared with me, just this morning, that they are going through a life-changing experience. I had to sit down to listen to it. I'd have never dreamed they would be going through this.
I say every day, many times, Life is good! I believe that, totally and completely! It is! BUT. Life is hard. None of us have it easy. Every day, every struggle is a learning process. AND. No amount of money or toys or travels or people in our lives is going to take those growing experiences away. The best thing we can do is be kind to those around us, pray for ourselves and each other, look through every challenge for "what it is I can learn from this." I know. I sound like a broken record. I visit this place often in my mind and on my blog. But, seriously, my friends. Life is good, but it's hard. My faith gets me through the tough times. Others depend on friends or family. I couldn't live without either of them. I'm just saying, this morning... be kind, be cheerful, look for the good. There's always something to smile about, even on the darkest day. Look for ways to serve those around you. There's always joy in service. No matter how small. I'm rambling. But, I do believe with every fiber of my being, that trials make us stronger, better and yes, even happier, in the end. No matter how tough, life really is good. Enough said.
With trials, we grow stronger in faith.
With faith, we grow closer to God.
With God, we can do all things.