Trials are not limited to leaders or entrepreneurs, everyone experiences them. We all come up against those walls that seem to be so high that we can never get over them. But the truth is that if we do not get to experience the hardships of hitting these walls then we would never grow and growing is key. Growth hurts, but if we do not endure the growth then we will become stagnant and never go any further.
It is written in the Bible in Deuteronomy 8:2-3
“Remember how the Lord Your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord.”
It is saying that you will have trials. You will be at the foot of that new mountain looking up not knowing how to get over it, but each step you take is getting you closer to the top. You will be humbled to the point that your very character is going to be tried. This is when you find out what you are really made of. This is when you find out who you are. You cannot make a sword without first putting the steel into the fire to melt it and then beating it with a hammer to shape it. To sharpen the newly formed sword you have to take little bits off by rubbing it on a rock. Then and only then you have a sword that you can use in battle.
This is what it is like to be staring at the mountain in front of you. You will be tested to your very limits and lose things along the way. But once you get to the top you will find that you did not need those things anyway.
For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water with springs that gush forth in the valley and hills. – Deuteronomy 8:7
Keep up the good fight. Soon you will find that all of hardships were there to shape your character, so that when you get to the top of the mountain you will be able to face the next mountain off in the distance. Have you had struggles that were so difficult you just wanted to give up but push through instead? We would like to hear about them. Leave a comment telling us how you overcame.