Things To Remember When Facing Problems

If anyone says their life is perfect and they have no troubles, they are either lying to you or lying to themselves. Problems are part of life.

Things to Remember When Facing Problems

Billy Graham once said,

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

We Need Turbulence

Adversity, or the turbulence of life, can lead us to better things. We struggle to be born like a butterfly struggles from a cocoon. We fight to grow up and emerge independent (we hope) from our home.

We see the benefits of turbulence in nature as well. There's a display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum that fascinates me. It demonstrates the problem that Charles Lindberg had on one leg of his attempted worldwide flight. He had seas that were too calm with no wind and he couldn't take off.

Peter Marshall, the former chaplain of the US Senate, said,

“When we long for life without difficulty, remind us that oaks grow strong under contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

Personally, I don't like problems. Yet, I can say that the darkest, hardest problems of life have helped me become better. The lonely paths are often the most fruitful in the end. Although I hate them while I'm in them.

I'd love to give you great wisdom and a 1,2,3 formula for knocking out problems but I really have nothing to say but Romans 12:12,

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

That is really the only approach that I have except this “warriors creed” that I came across once,

“I will lay me down to bleed a while and then rise to fight again.”

Sometimes, when we're wounded and we're fighting problems, we must sit still for a moment to process. We won't stay down. We won't be out. But to sit still in the midst of tough problems sometimes is the wisest thing we can do. Then, we can arise ready to let the wind of the turbulence help us take off and fly.

How many wish to fly but reject the wind that would make it possible?


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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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