Surviving Tough and Challenging Times

Tough and challenging times will never leave us.  As we read quotations by famous people throughout the years, it is interesting to reflect on the wisdom and thoughts they provided amid turmoil.  Many times, when we are faced with adversity and harrowing circumstance, we may not be able to leave these terrible events and we must remain steadfast and determined to hang on for dear life!  Let’s review some encouraging and inspirational thoughts from the past:

  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”Dale Carnegie
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”Joseph Kennedy

As I review these timeless and encouraging quotes, I smile, thinking how relevant and encouraging these are for our current generation.  These quotes reflect courage, character and perseverance are critical when there in no hope.  Where someone stands psychologically and physically during challenging times reflects their true qualities.  When arduous times are upon us, sometimes we hold on for dear life!  When tough times are upon us, the tough get to work!

Considering a Biblical perspective, there are a vast number of verses and passages helpful with surviving tough seasons in life.  Let’s review them:

  • The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” —Deuteronomy 31:8/NIV
  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  —Psalm 46:1/NIV
  • and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  —Matthew 28:20/NIV
  • But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”   —Isaiah 40:31/NIV
  • “I can do all things through Him (Christ) who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13/NIV

A humanistic perspective was initially provided to view mankind’s thoughts about how to survive tough times which appear related to mortal endeavors which provides some hope and optimism.  The Biblical perspective provides me with greater hope, courage and confidence!  As individuals who believe in God, and His Son, Jesus Christ, review these timeless and inspirational passages from the Bible, much hope is provided for us!  As we proceed through bad seasons in life, God is our refuge and strength will be with us and we should not be afraid or discouraged!  As we live in God’s will and follow His commandments, He will be with us until the end of time!  Also, as we have hope in the Lord we will be strengthened and as we follow His will, we can achieve success with our trials. 

When faced with tough and challenging times, if I have a choice of drawing from my humanistic and mortal qualities or the creator of the universe to achieve success, God wins hands down!  God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble!

Many blessings to you!

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