The first week of this year has ended. How was it? What blessings did you receive? What troubles did you meet? What favors did you enjoy? What stresses have you experienced?
If your first week can be summarized into one word, what would it be?
Some may already have their first bout of troubles. It’s disheartening, right? To experience such intense feelings right at the start of another year when all your hopes are high and expectations are as fresh as ever.
For this year, it might be good to have a mindset like this: troubles will always come. Life on earth is not normal without it. So expect them to come along the way.
But, make sure you enjoy every moment in between these troubles. Or you can even enjoy the moments when troubles trouble you. It is a hard task to contemplate at first, but when you get to those troublesome moments, you really do need a moment of silence, a heavy sigh, followed by a simple smile, while thinking, “This is life. God led me to this and I’m embracing it. He allowed me to have this, He will take me through.”
Troubles do have their share of purposes in our lives. They give us reasons to rethink. They give us reason to strengthen ourselves in order to face them and overcome them. They allow us to hope for something better.
Most importantly, troubles draw us closer to God. They remind us of our dependency on Him. They remind us that we can’t continue living without Him.
“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.”
This verse was the first verse we had in our first family devotion this year. It was an encouragement to start the year. Everyday, I would recall these words, making it a daily prayer that I would rejoice, be patient, and be prayerful for every trouble coming my way.
When you expect troubles, you won’t get disappointed. They will surely come. But disappoint the troubles through your rejoicing, patience, and prayer.