“How does God want me to use this experience?”
A few years ago, I had just finished Thanksgiving dinner at my mom’s house. The kids were playing and wrestling around. The adults were positioned in the usual Thanksgiving after-dinner stupor. Sound familiar? I hope and pray that you and your family are blessed as you gather together this year.
When you are this comfortable, it’s hard to remember those times when the lack of faith questions nag at us: “Why this?” or “What now?” or “How?”
When those questions start sounding in your head, the faith-based question that you need to be asking more is, “How does God want me to use this experience?” I reference Roman 8:28, a scripture that I use as one of my spiritual “rocks” when I’m challenged: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Most of the setbacks we encounter are followed by a blessing. Whatever you want to call them, challenges, stumbling blocks, problems, or issues, happen to us for a reason. God may not allow us to see the reason right away, or ever for that matter, but trust in Him that everything that happens to us is part of His plan. When these happen in your life, ask yourself, “How does God want me to use this experience?”
Ken Thom, MS, LPC is a nationally recognized Christian counselor and writer. He is available for parent and individual coaching. Ken is a Post Institute Certified Family Regulatory Therapist, Certified Coach and Great Behavior Breakdown Instructor as well as a certified BCI parent trainer. Ken's book Christian Parent Wisdom is a daily scripture based medication book for parenting children with challenging behaviors. Contact Ken.