Replacing “Why is this happening to me?” with ”What is this trying to teach me?” is a real game changer.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1:2-4
There have been many times in our lives when we questioned why. Why has always been and probably always will be the biggest question in everything. When times are hard we constantly say “Why, God?” instead of “What is the lesson, God?”
If we changed our thoughts regarding this, we would not have such a negative outlook on so many things that we felt weren’t going our way. We could actually grow and learn, instead of being bitter and angry.
I remember in school the biggest question was “Why do I need to learn this?” But later in high school and college, I learned that sometimes it wasn’t about the answer; it was about the process. Those were just foundational principles that we had to learn to understand what was to come. So, from now on look at every “why?” as a “how can I learn more?”
Jean Ward is pastor of East Atlanta Church.