As people experiencing life, inevitably, we will be challenged. Those challenges range from just being able to wake up on time (hollerrrr) to events we would categorize as "trials" such as the loss of a job, death of a loved one, true heartbreak, etc. Our earthly experience was always meant to allow those challenges. We are challenged so we can learn from the "bitter" and the "sweet", the good and the bad.
I think as a general rule, everyone understands that we need to be challenged in order to become better. That is a principle found in everyday life. When our intellect in school is challenged, we become smarter. Our muscles become stronger as we challenge them to lift more weight. We generally progress in any activity when we are challenged by someone else, usually someone who knows and understands a lot more than we do.
Since these examples are so prevalent, I think we can mistakenly apply that concept in our lives. We think the purpose of challenges is only to have us "learn". Learning is a beneficial and crucial side effect, but not the complete reason why God allows us to be challenged.
Our purpose in life is to return to live with our Father in Heaven, His Son Jesus Christ, and our families in a beautiful existence that will last forever. There are, however, caveats to this. We are told that "no unclean thing can dwell with God." But, God wants us to live with Him. In order to qualify for that life, we need to be perfect, even as He is. I know of no one, with the exception of our Savior, who is completely perfect. Therefore, we need to LEARN how to be perfect. The way that we learn "to be perfect" or qualify to live with God, is through experiencing challenges. As I said, these challenges can be small or great, but all work together for the ultimate purpose of preparing us to live with God.
As I have started to look at challenges as more than just a means of gaining knowledge or becoming "better", but as a way to help prepare me to live with God, my perspective has changed. I no longer am angry with God when things do not go my way. Instead, I thank Him for helping me become better so I can be with Him. I am able to faithfully endure a little pain for a relatively short time, knowing I can look forward to an existence full of joy with the people I love.
The title of this post was taken from this talk - which I would highly recommend :)
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