All of the stories ever told involve some sort of conflict. Without this adversity, there is no room for growth, James 1:2-4. Whether humans beings have to endure affliction, bad luck or distress, these obstacles remove an individual from their comfort zone and force them to face the barrier standing in their way. There is really only one decision to be made, embrace adversity before it gets the best of you.
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. 36 For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and [e]carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised, Hebrews 10:35-36.
While Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs was introduced in 1943, this five-stage model was expanded to include cognitive and aesthetic needs initially in 1954 and transcendence needs in 1970. Maslow understood that as human beings have their own basic needs met, there are still many more stages that one must go through until self-realization is reached. Learning to embrace adversity is a basic step toward moving up to the next level on Maslow’s chart.
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1.
Near the end of the first century, the author of Hebrews reveals the importance of adversity. When your confidence is shaken, the energy and endurance to face adversity weakens. Yet, if you want to fully accomplish God’s will for your life, you have to hang in there through thick and thin. In the passage above, you have to throw aside every encumbrance that is holding you back. Once this is discarded, you can run with perseverance as you face adversity.
by Jay Mankus