Making life’s disappointments into life’s lessons…

The popular saying a few years ago was, “S**t happens”. Well, I am here to say that all of us have unfortunate things that happen in our lives, but the big difference between one another is our reaction.

I am no expert by any means but from my observations. As human beings, we have a tendency to want to blame ourselves, blame someone else, or blame God. But in any case, we try to rationalize why situations occur the way they do. All these reactions are not constructive in my opinion.

I had the opportunity to learn this a few days ago. I potentially lost a significant amount of money (at least for me). Money that I was planning to use… I watched the opportunity literally fall out of my hands!

A friend was with me and I could see the pain of not been able to help in his face. It felt like someone punched me in the stomach. After I got over the shock and started to breathe I felt myself wanting to play the “What if” game in my head… What if I did something different? What if I did it earlier? And so on. I had to stop this line of thinking, realizing it was not constructive. From there, I analyzed the damage and started to be thankful. Thankful that the situation was not worse. Thankful for the opportunity to learn something that God wanted to teach me.

It’s a simple fact that we live in a corrupt world and bad things happen. But I believe that God allows bad things to happen so that we all have the opportunity to learn, grow, and become spiritually stronger. If life was too easy, what use would we have for Faith? What need would we have for God? Would we even appreciate Him?

So I made a choice: move on and appreciate the Lord and ask for His guidance

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons – make lemonade!