+Living Life God's Way+
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
The Value of Hard Places
So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you
2 Corinthians 4:12
Being forced into hard places gives us a whole new perspective on
life. Things we once valued no longer hold the same value. Small things
become big things, and what we once thought big no longer holds such
These hard places allow us to identify with the sufferings of
others. If keeps us from having a shallow view of the hardships of
others and allows us to truly identify with them. Those who speak of
such trials from no experience often judge others who have had such
hardship. It is a superficiality of Christian experience that often
permeates shallow believers.
Those who have walked in hard places immediately have a kinship with
others who have walked there also. They do not need to explain; they
merely look at one another with mutual respect and admiration for their
common experience. They know that death has worked a special thing in
them. This death leads to life in others because of the hard places God
has taken them through.
It is impossible to appreciate any valley experience while you are
in it. However, once you have reached the top of the mountain, you are
able to appreciate what terrain you have passed through. You marvel at
what you were able to walk through. The valley of the shadow of death
has yielded more than you ever thought possible. You are able to
appreciate the beauty of the experience and lay aside the sorrow and
pain it may have produced.
Death works in you for a greater purpose. If you are there today, be
assured that God is producing something of much greater value that you
will ever know.
Today God Is First by Os Hillman; 11/6/2003
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