Adversity can make you better or bitter. Adversity can be a kick in the pants. It can also kick you in the teeth. Obviously we want the former, not the latter. But how do you know? How can you tell when adversity has become your master?
Three words can help: critical, apathetic, and sullen.
If these adjectives paint your life picture, adversity is winning.
● When finding fault sprints to the lead while compassion and understanding struggle to keep pace…adversity is winning.
● When indifference and insensitivity climb the leader board while concern and kindness fail to make the cut…adversity is winning.
● When pouty pessimism scores all the goals while cheer and hope get shut out… adversity is winning.
It means you’ve lost purpose. You’ve lost your way. Helen Keller once said, “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
If a worthy purpose puts criticism, apathy, and sulleness in their places, imagine the power of ultimate purpose.
“Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing… remains…”
by Jesus Culture