Everyone goes through ups and downs of life, when we are in a situation that doesn’t make sense, or searching for something that just isn’t to be found… yet. It’s easy to get frustrated and want to give up. I wish I had answers or really knew what to say. A lot of people in my life are in situations like these, it is a fact of life that we will, at some point, face things that seem beyond our ability to understand or even cope with. This is life.
There will be times when your plans fall through, or when your dreams seem to vaporize… your hope will be dashed so many times that your heart will be sick, and you will be afraid to hope in anything again. This is life.
But these are also the things that grow us. We learn strength and integrity, we learn faithfulness and kindness, and to depend on God for our serenity and sustenance – we learn that He is ever-present in every let down, every failure, and every mistake. We learn that we are never alone in the trials that we may face, because there is always someone else who has “been there,” and was able to get through.
There are also those who don’t make it through, and take their own life in order to escape, or resort to an existence of ungratefulness and discontented with their life. Hidden bitterness and resentment against everyone around them becomes their way of life. To me they are examples of why you can’t lose hope… why you should strive to learn the art of contentment and happiness with the life you are living in. You want to have a good life, full of love in the deepest sense.
The only thing that is certain is that you will be tested in life… you will face trials that will try to break you. You will face what Kipling’s poem talks about… it is to see if you can mature through it, or become discontent and bitter with life. There really seems to be only those two choices: maturing and growing, or becoming discontent and eventually bitter.
I’m choosing the former.
‘If’ Poem by Rudyard Kipling, from A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (1943)