After writing my last blog post about choices, I was thinking about what to write, and I feel this is the perfect follow up to what I’ve discussed so far. I thought about the fact that choices are hard to make honestly, why not talk about challenges. So here goes this post
Every problem is a character building opportunity and the more difficult it is, the greater the potential for building strength to overcome future challenges. What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside you. Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.
We must choose the right attitude toward our challenges and refuse to quit or give up. We may have to do what is right for a long time before we feel it is ‘paying off’ but if we stay faithful and refuse to give up, good results will come. Once we get through the adversity and challenges we face, we emerge as better people than we were when we went through them.
One problem I had to go through with, was sticking to my program. I studied computer science and business at University, and I found this program overwhelming in my first year, especially computer science. I heard a lot of stories about how many people dropped out and how many people graduated from my program but it‘s one thing to hear stories, and it‘s another thing to see for yourself. While working through the engineering building, I saw yearly pictures of the alumni and rummaged through the wall to see how many people graduated from my program annually. I was in awe when I saw that only two people finished my program in 2008 and the numbers after that year were not encouraging at all. Sure that didn’t make things better, coupled with the sleepless night I had tried to figure out assignments I had no clue about. Programming was my weakest point, and I just did not get it even with help. As a result, it was a real pain and tremendous challenge for me. We started off being 207 in my program, as days went by I saw people drop out of the program, and I had all the urge to do the same. This was when I knew dropping out was real; I couldn’t deal with all the tears, worries and sleepless nights. It was just too much to handle.
It was not until I spoke to my mum about the issue and told her how I was going to switch programs that everything took a different turn. “You‘ve always wanted to do computer science and you know you are good at it. Why would you want to leave something God has already brought you to” she said. It was this statement she made that changed my whole story. I don’t think she knows what that did for me, but it helped me a lot and made me stick to it. Don’t get me wrong, it‘s not that people who dropped out of the program were worse off, but to me, it would have been harder finishing and catching up if I switched. It was not giving up, going the extra mile and sending my assignments to my mum, to help find someone who could be of massive help, that helped me scale through the years that I never thought possible and finish well.
Sometimes we experience problems because we are doing something wrong. We have made poor choices, and now we are reaping the consequences. Often the difficulties wake us up to what we‘re doing wrong and give us a clue about what to change. Sometimes, however, we have difficulties because we are doing something right. When you are determined to fulfill your God-given destiny, or you are taking steps to improve your life, expect some resistance. The enemy is not going to just roll out the red carpet and let you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
When you face difficulties, don’t automatically assume “I must be doing something wrong” and allow yourself to get all down and discouraged. No, it could very well be that you‘re doing something right. Keep an open mind and spirit about the possibility of wrongdoing but trust that God will show you if you need correction. But regardless of how hopeless your circumstance may appear, stand firm in faith and serve the Lord with all your heart. Seek to be a blessing to others and keep your hope in Him.