Dear Younger Me,
I’m sure you’d like to know more about what lies ahead, and how your life will turn out. I guess you’re wishing I could tell you what a wonderful, happy, problem-free life you’ll have, but I must be honest. It will include many wonderful and happy times, but it’s never going to be problem-free.
That’s just the reality of living in a broken world, but in the midst of that there is hope.
Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)
What’s more, you already know that God can use our trials and problems to develop good things in our lives.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)
I’m not sure you’ll ever fully learn to rejoice in your problems, but you will grow to appreciate how God can use them for good.
In fact, you’ll see that the times when you struggle the most will be the times God will use to grow your character and to build your faith in him.
Facing problems is never going to be easy, but the best advice I can give is this: talk to God – be honest about how you’re feeling, seek him for help and wisdom. Allow your problems to draw you close to God, not to drive you away.
And always remember that he has overcome. No matter what problems you face, they are not the end of the story.
“Everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright it is not yet the end.” (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – be sure to watch that film when it comes out; you’ll enjoy it 🙂 )
This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided. Today the prompt is “problem.” You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.