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The Purpose of Adversity – 121112
It’s all over the news. You can’t avoid it. No matter how much we try to deny it…
The world is coming to an end.
Just this year alone we have had a prediction about the end of the world or rapture. The U.S. Government has been downgraded. People are being laid off, losing their homes and are quickly watching the balances of their retirement savings diminish. I mean with times like this what is the purpose of going on? We might as well give up now. It looks like all is lost, right?
Wrong! The troubles and the issues we face rather personally or as a nation are here for a purpose. Challenges do not arise to kill us, they come into existence so that they can be overcome. I am not afraid of a debt ceiling. I am certainly not afraid of inaccurate predictions. What I am afraid of is the lack of faith that we as human beings have in each other.
In the U.S. our ancestors survived the Great Depression. We survived the Great Market Crash of 1929. We survived the financial crisis of 2008. We rebuilt after the devastating attacks on the Trade Center towers on 9/11. We will survive today’s challenges. We are a nation full of people who learn and strive through adversity.
I could care less about political parties and selfish agendas. I care about my neighbor who is a single parent working two jobs to feed her children. She gives me hope. I care about the guy who just got laid off from his job who has the courage to start his own business. He gives me inspiration. I care about the children who press their way to school, from broken and damaged homes, with no supplies trying to educate themselves. They motivate me to make keep trying to make a difference.
So, instead of wasting our time focusing on everything we see going wrong, let’s take the time and do something right. The purpose of adversity is to make us stronger.
James J. Corbett said, “You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.”
And Cavett Robert said, “If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.”