It is the beginning of a new year and resolutions and goals are being written and set all round us. As I reflect back on the past 12 months, I see my fair stack of hardships and challenges; and no doubt it has left me wondering how did I manage and what can I do or willing to do to cope with the the ones this new year has in store for me.
So how can challenges mold one's life? I guess it is up to each individual; like the old adage says' "It is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it". For me, I plan on taking it one challenge at a time. But for sure, I am going to prepare myself with bullets of faith, prayer, and hard work. I was challenged in the mission field to "pray like everything depended on God and then go out and work like everything depended on me", and I believe that that would be a good point to start with.
Are challenges blessings or curses? Again it depends on who you ask, one might even say it depends on the day or circumstance. I believe they are blessings for they help me grow in every conceivable way. My lovely wife used to get puzzled up in our first year of marriage when I express gratitude for our trials and challenges during family prayer. I just felt that if I am not thankful for them, then I will be forever complaining about 'em. Do I like them? No. Can I do something about them? Yes, with some of them. So are they blessings or curse? Well, 2010 has just begun and we will see how this year will run. Happy New Year to one and all.