For those of you fortunate enough not to have tasted defeat, experience failure or feel the pain of loss, your perspective is limited. Sheltered from this anguish, you haven’t been forced rely on the Lord. Instead this smooth journey leads passengers to trust in their health and wealth, oblivious to the bottom of the barrel.
As I look back on recent heartaches of a 2-19 season as a coach, the struggle to rebuild my work career and dedication to the dreams of my youth, hardship has refined my faith. Although the furnace isn’t a pleasant place to visit, 1 Peter 1:6-7, this necessary evil has lifted me up from the bottom on the barrel. In the midst of this storm, I have a new appreciation for the little things in life.
Humility has helped me come to the realization that I can’t do it on my own. Rather, I need a Savior to pick me up when I fall, Matthew 11:28-30. Sure, it would be nice to forgo past trials, yet I wouldn’t be where I am today if these events did not occur. Therefore, my focus shifts upward, Philippians 3:12-14, so that if I experience the bottom of the barrel again, the sun will shine upon my face letting me know that everything will be okay.
by Jay Mankus