Monday, April 12, 2010

Times Like These

"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these." ~ Paul Harvey

Many people are having a tough time right now. The economic woes of the country are not yet completely behind us. People are struggling.

There is nothing new under the sun. People have always had tough times. The specific details might change, but adversity and struggle seem to be part and parcel of the human experience.

Sometimes I think we take it personally when things get tough.

The truth is... everyone has tough times. Everyone feels overwhelmed and burdened once in a while. Sometimes the 'dark night' lasts a long time. This too... is nothing new.

The trick is, to not take it personally. The art is to realize that the challenges and tough times are part of the deal and to handle them graciously and skillfully. That is our opportunity.

Use the opportunity of the 'tough times' to grow and develop spiritual maturity and personal strength and integrity.