Literally millions of people around the world have learned and benefitted from the ministry if Kay Arthur. What most people don’t know, however, is that her impactful work would not have happened without a bitter disappointment early in her career. When Kay was serving as a missionary in Mexico, she contracted a heart infection that cut her work short and forced her to return home.
She was depressed and despondent until God revealed a greater purpose to her. While living in Chattanooga, Kay began teaching the Bible to teenagers in her home – and out of those experiences came what was to become her life’s work. She wrote, “It would be several years I’d see how He’d [God] use those formative years of study in Mexico to prepare me to write inductive Bible studies that would eventually reach fifty-two countries.”
Dealing With The Trials Of Life
As human beings striving to find meaning and prosperity for our families, and ourselves we seldom understand the trials of life at the time we are experiencing them. We may find ourselves suffering and feeling like complete failures. But when we learn the power of perseverance, as time passes we look back and see how the trials we have been through have helped us to grow and prepared us for greater accomplishments in life.
Here are some simple suggestions to help you learn to persevere through your trials of life:
- Don’t focus on the trials of life. Rather than being consumed with the challenge, continually ask yourself, “What can I learn from this experience? How is this preparing me to be a better person?”
- Push through. I have seen far too many people who allowed trials to stop them just inches short of achieving amazing success. It is when our trials seem greatest that we are the closest to breaking through to victory. DON’T GIVE UP!
- Focus on your dreams. Your dreams are the fuel in your gas tank of life that ultimately drive you toward achieving greatness. Stay focused on your ultimate goals and keep pushing forward – no matter what!