"Life Challenges Are A Hidden Treasure"
If life challenges are a treasure, why do very few people desire it? Why isn't everyone searching for it? When I think of treasure, I think of diamonds, mansions, lots of money, etc. I would not naturally say that life challenges, such as grief, are a treasure, especially since so much pain is involved and it takes so long to complete the learning process. In fact, the only thing that keeps me from becoming bitter is that I understand the value of it. I hate the pain, but I have to accept that in order to experience the future blessings. It is all about how I view the situation.
I don't know about you, but the last time I went to Wal-Mart, I did not see the following items anywhere on the shelves: God's love being shown more evident than before, certain Bible verse with special meaning, urgency to keep living life in spite of the pain because life is short, unexpected "God" conversations and opportunities, and so much more. These are the intangibles in life that cannot be purchased anywhere in the world.
I would even have to go so far as to say that life challenges are actually one of life's "best kept secrets"...if you change your perspective and learn to respond wisely to it. Don't get me wrong, I do not always want to enjoy a healthy dose of this wonderful secret and if I could experience these benefits another way, I would gladly do so. But at the end of the day, it makes me a better person. And that is what life is all about.
Here are a few treasures I have found as a result of my grief throughout the years:
Growth opportunity like none other and the things I learn are not for sale
Reminds me that the most important things in life are God, my family, and growth opportunities
I am determined to run to Jesus step-by-step
Even though I am grieving, the clock is still ticking, and that's why I keep living...purposefully
Focus my time and energy on the things that matter and do not waste time or opportunities