We all go through challenges and difficulties sometimes. Though, when we are in pain and can’t seem to find a way out, it feels like nobody could possibly ever understand what we’re going through, there is nothing that we face as individuals that someone else hasn’t experienced too. We are all bound together by our humanity and our humanness and should never feel like we’re alone.
If this is the case, there must be something that we can learn from those who have suffered pain before and survived. It’s been said that one of the greatest forms of wisdom is to observe the experiences of others – whether positive or negative – and learn from them. Sometimes, we may have to modify what we learn for our own specific situation but, at the end of the day, there is nothing new under the sun.
One of the greatest attributes of many of the heroes of humanity, whether it be Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr or Malala in more recent times, was an unshakable faith that a better day would come. Without that faith in a future that seemed to contradict their present reality, they probably never would have made it through their struggles. Without that faith in the possibility of a positive tomorrow, they would have succumbed to any opposing force that came their way.
Whatever you are going through, have some faith. It may seem like the storm will never pass but it’s your faith that will see you cross the finish line. The ad below, created in support of the US soccer team at last year’s FIFA World Cup, captures the spirit of what this post is about. Sometimes you have to psyche yourself up and repeat what you want until you believe it. Nobody can have as much faith for you as you can for yourself.
Blind faith is not enough. Having faith only in ourselves and in our own abilities is not enough. Even if we do psyche ourselves up, we also need to be humble enough to acknowledge that we need help sometimes. There is a God who cares and who wants us to have a relationship of faith in Him. If you’d like to know more and experience it for yourself, click on the banner below and watch the video that follows.