Affliction

Cow SkullA condition of suffering or distress due to ill health or impairment

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything…. Arabian proverb

Though we may not always be able to avoid pain, we can choose how much we suffer. Judy Tatelbaun

Never to suffer would have been never to have been blessed. Edgar A Poe

Those without afflictions, adversities, trials, and tribulations may be being deprived of an important aspect of life’s maturation process. Just as we must use our muscles in order for them to become stronger. We must use our mind for it to fully develop. Life requires we experience hardship in order to grow and mature. They are numerous degrees of hardship that might come our way. Afflictions fall in a category that means we have a significant health issue. It can be physical and/or mental. It could be a condition of birth or could develop during our lifetime. Often, when afflictions occur they remain with us for the remainder of our lives. Afflictions often affect us in such ways, we have to rebuild our lives around them. Being bound to a wheel chair, bed ridden, loss of a limb, extreme pain, mental impairment, breathing issues and obesity are but a few of the possibilities.
Those with afflictions are forced to deal with them. As a result, they must learn to adjust, overcome, conquer, and live life to the best of their ability or succumb to their debilitation and perhaps wallow in misery. They may have to address Life on a very basic level and may not be allowed to take for granted all the things so many of us do. Many who suffer afflictions have a better and more positive outlook on life that those who have no such difficulties or problems. Why is this so? Can it be that these individuals have experienced Life in such ways that causes them to more appreciative and thankful for some of the basics; such as being alive at all, able to function; or being able to do the simplest of things that so many take for granted?
Many of these individuals should be our role models. They have better dispositions, are more optimistic, have a better appreciation for all things, and in many cases are more happy and joyful than many of us. If these things are true, does it follow, that maybe all of us need an affliction in order to become more fully developed? Perhaps the more profound answer is we need to understand what these individuals have and implement the same thing into our lives. We are meant to experience life fully, to grow and to develop, and to smell the roses as we go.

Challenge: Are you a person who counts their blessings or counts their problems? If you count your blessings you are on the right path. A person who counts their problems will likely continue to accumulate them. Your life should increasing become less and less about you and more and more about others. The more you focus on yourself, the more lessons you still have to learn. Take the time; “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”

Wisdom: The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Confucius

Spiritual: (NIV)
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

We would prefer not having any afflictions in life. Some of us have them, others will yet have them. If we had a choice, most of us would rather avoid pain, trials, tribulations and all of life’s difficulties. We know that life does not work that way. Such things will happen to us. God, our Heavenly Father, uses life’s difficulties to grow and develop us. We cannot be all that we can be without experiencing what God has to teach us as we live life.

Prayer: Help me to be able to always be mindful of how blessed I am.

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