5 Ways to Transform Misfortune to Miracles

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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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About Rick Ezell

I am a husband, father, pastor, and writer. This blog is about shaping character, transforming church, and impacting culture. I believe that if one defines their moments then their moments will determine their character and their character will influence their world. I write on personal development, church leadership, and our changing culture. I also write about the resources I am developing and the books I am writing. My goal is to create challenging, relevant, and inspiring content that will help you be a better person, the church be a better parish, and the world a better place. If you are interested in those things, this blog is for you. I have served the church my entire career as a student minister and senior pastor. I studied at Samford University, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (eventually I will get it). I have written eight books. My most recent ones are Chapter 13: The Excellence of Love and Soul Therapy: The Healing Words of Psalm 23. Both are available as eBooks. I have written over 1000 articles for various local, regional, and national publications. I have been married to Cindy for thirty-three years. We have one wonderful daughter. We live in Greenville, SC. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, running, tennis, and golf. You can contact me via email or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.
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