Why Challenges Happen
Did the question about facing so many challenges ever come up in your mind? It is very easy to constantly be complaining about everything going wrong in our lives. There are good things happening, but all the negative things seem to be outweighing the positive things. To me, it is a simple, yet complex answer as to why this is happening.
What if the challenges we are facing at this moment were meant to be? What if they are happening for us, so that we can experience life in a whole new way? What if we are supposed to be grateful for the hardships? What if learning was only possible through the challenges we encounter?
I was just looking back on my life from about 2-3 years ago. I was at a place I never imagined. This place wasn’t a good place… Lots of depression and everything that goes along with depression. At the time, I thought I was basically done and life was not worth all the challenges and no future lied ahead. As we can see, I was completely wrong.
Looking back at it now, I’m so happy I had to go through that… Why? You may be asking… I’ve met amazing people who have helped me through those challenges and I found church to be a home for me. I also really learned about the importance our thoughts have in our lives. During that time, I had a doctor tell me that my life has been really hard and how I had been working too hard in my life. They were telling me that I could be like I was at the time because life was simply too hard for me. In this moment, it really frustrated me…
Depression or Laziness?
Personally, I knew deep down that I was experiencing what I was because I was giving up on myself. I had stopped doing all the things that were working and bringing life into my life. This doctor was recommending medication for me, I am not one for medication. I have had so much medication as a child that I simply didn’t want to go through the process of trying medications and hoping they would work. I had a different plan that I wanted to try and I did get to try.
For several months, I worked every single day on my mental wellbeing. I leaned into God, created routines, meal planned, created goals, and had a reminder about getting back on track. I connected with Ephesians 5:13 and that verse helped me a ton. During this time, I learned the importance of the dimensions of wellness. I used this time to look at how the things we do can change our futures and mindsets. It was a really intriguing process to see. I still do the same things today and I am loving life.
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible — and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.Ephesians 5:13 NIV
Gratitude Above Everything
Through this experience and other challenges, I learned challenges are simply new experiences that will bring us to amazing places. I truly believe this deep down. If we did not have challenges in our lives, life would be kind of boring in my opinion. Be grateful for all challenges and know that you will learn something amazing! In our lives, we are where we are because of everything we have faced thus far in life. I know I’m just getting ready for this thing called life. I’m not backing down anytime soon!
Let’s achieve the impossible today
Photograph courtesy of Patrizia Messineo Photography