The Gift of Being Challenged

The phrase the gift of being challenged caught my attention as I read Debbie Macomber’s book, God’s Guest List. I have been served thoughts to chew on regularly as I read. She wrote, “The gift of being challenged and profoundly changed is a gift we often resist with every fiber of our being.” Uh, yeah. I totally get that. In fact, that sentence reminds of a post I wrote a few years back called Tattered Gifts. It’s the same concept, challenges as gifts.

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I never really think of challenges as a gift, nor any of the adverse situations I have experienced in my life. Here’s the thing though, these tattered gifts and challenges that come our way and will continue to do so as long as we have breath are like opportunities in disguise. Opportunities to grow in our relationships, with God, with ourselves and all those we love. This is what the gift of being challenged looks like.

I get the resisting part. Don’t we all? Because who sees the gift of being challenged as a wanted gift? I’m not sure why we spend so much energy doing so but I’m sure God is aware and prepared to wait until we get to the place He would have us land. It’s where we get to see what we’re made of and where we stand in our beliefs. It’s how we draw closer to God as we seek and question Him.

And that is indeed a gift.

Debbie told a story that most of us mothers can relate to. She said a friend once asked her, after having dealt with a particularly challenging time with a child (or two), “Do you think any of this took God by surprise?” We face many challenges as moms, both big and small. God is not surprised by a single one.

Even though I don’t understand His purpose in the things that we go through in life, I am resigning myself to the fact that His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts and the gift of being challenged is one such example.

There are many things in my life I would do differently if I had the chance, choices I would re-do if I could. I can’t. So, I resign myself to that as well and am choosing to embrace the gift of being challenged…with a little resistance thrown in for good measure.

What does the gift of being challenged mean to you?

3 thoughts on “The Gift of Being Challenged”

  1. Spring greetings from Colorado!
    I wanted to thank you for the comments you made, regarding letter writing. That meant alot to me.
    I also am looking forward to reading through YOUR blog and wonderful posts.
    May you and your family have a beautiful and refreshing spring!

    Under His Wings,
    Malinda @
    Vintage Homestead Emporium


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