Beauty for Ashes
One of my many favorite motivational movies besides every “Rocky” movie known to man is the movie starring Will Smith and son, called “The Pursuit of Happyness.” I enjoy movies that show life’s ups and downs, failure, disappointment, struggle, hard work, perseverance, tenacity and of course a victorious ending. These types of movies can be related by everyone that has faced a few trials and tribulations in their lives. Those who maybe had a rocky (no pun intended) start in life, and is now having a victorious ending.
Most of us may view setbacks and growing pains as failures, and when we are constantly pursuing happiness, anything that makes us feel unhappy can seem like we’ve failed – something as simple as a setback or challenging moment; when in reality these things are unavoidable, normal parts of our personal growth. Sometimes it’s just easier to feel depressed and trapped by these experiences in our lives and allow them to get the best of us. I mean think about it. Think about a time in your life when you had to face a challenge. How did you handle it? Did you allow it to make you feel like a victim, or did you embrace it as an opportunity to grow as a person and learned something valuable from it?
At the time the challenge came at you, like most (add me to that mix), it was probably a torture to even think of having a positive attitude at the time, and the situation was probably very hard to deal with. Yet, the truth is, challenges are never easy. However, setbacks and challenging moments in life are also opportunities in disguise for something bigger and better. In a biblical sense, Isaiah 61:3 (NIV), “And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
If we can learn to appreciate and embrace those setbacks equally to the moments that make us feel good and happy, then it will be easier to see the light in our darkest moments, and push through the difficult times and make the most of every opportunity to heal and grow.