Bad things do happen to people. Life is unfair. Happenings do not always go as planned. Circumstances change. Businesses go bankrupt. Employees are laid off or fired. Athletic contests are lost. Scholarships are given to others. Relationships are broken. Unfortunately, no one is exempt. Augustine said, “God had one Son on Earth without sin; he never had any without suffering.”
The dilemma is knowing whether the event is good or bad. In the midst of our misfortunes, an immediate evaluation is not always accurate. Many times, what appears to be a misfortune may turn out to be a great opportunity. When will the good happen? How will the good happen? I do not know. I just know that God in his sovereignty has the way and the will to transform adversity, misfortune, and heartache into something beautiful.
Here are five ways to transform your misfortunes into the miracles.
Focus on God
Too often in adverse situations, we focus on self and not on God. We tend to view life from a horizontal or human point of view rather than from a vertical or godly perspective. When things go wrong, we often reject the person we need the most—the Lord. God loves to turn pits into palaces, slaves into sons. He has a lot of practice—he turned a crucifixion into a resurrection.
Forget the Past
We often have many painful memories from a troubled past. But, we don’t have to wallow in self-pity or harbor bitterness or seek revenge. We cannot change the past; we can only heal the hurt that comes to us from the past.
Be Fruitful in Work
It’s easy to rationalize mistreatment and swim in inactivity when we are mistreated. The better person is successful in their jobs. One of the greatest Christian witnesses is the performance of our labor. Even though we may not enjoy our labor, or are passed over for promotions, or know that we can perform better than our superiors, we can maintain a standard and quality of excellence. We can say, “I don’t know why these things are happening to me, but I do know how to act.”
Be Faithful in Character
Today, many are advancing their career, but few seem to desire to build their character. All too frequently who we are is discarded upon the altar of ambition and worldly success. What we want to achieve is not nearly as important as what we become.
Forgive the Offender
Forgiveness seems unnatural and illogical. Our sense of fairness kicks in telling us that people should pay for the wrong they inflict. But forgiving is love’s power to break nature’s rule. Forgiveness is love’s toughest work and love’s highest risk.
Circumstances will change. And some of those circumstances will be bad. Our response to those conditions must not change, however. We can take the broken pieces of our misfortune and transform them into a miracle.
Do you have adversity, and pain, and heartache? What have you done to turn your misfortunes into miracles?
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