When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.
Being thankful in all things...
Trials and tests are those things we often find very difficult to be thankful for. I often call the results of trials and tests, the lessons I’ve learned and sometimes keep on learning. I read one of the best descriptions of trials and tests I’d ever seen the other day.
Trials try us, and tests test us. Most of the time, the purpose of them is to show us who we really are, to reveal character in us. We can think all kinds of good thoughts about ourselves, but until we are put to the test, we don’t know whether those things have become realities in us or not. We may consider ourselves generous, honest, or deeply committed to a particular truth or ideal, but the depth of these dynamics only reveals itself when we’re under pressure. When we go through trials, we learn whether or not we really have the character and commitment we think we have.
Our character and our ability to commit are formed by our life time experiences. It is the way we choose to deal with these experiences that counts. I’ve had some really terrible trials in my life. I’ve been tested to the ‘inth degree. So far I’ve learned a lot, but I know there is more to learn.
I don’t think there is a day goes by but that I learn something new. Truth be told I’m hoping I never get to old to learn and to grow.
My thankful list - Day 10
1118. for fresh air and sunshine
1119. for another birthday to celebrate
1120. for my good health
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you're alive, it isn’t.