Welcome to my Chronicles, Journey, Thoughts, and Insights. In this blog I write primarily, but not limited to spirituality and ministry! My name is Greg. I am a follower of Christ, telling and teaching others to be Christ's followers. I first stood behind the pulpit at age 12. At age 17, following my conversion, I preached my first evangelistic sermon. I became a pastor at age 25 and became a missionary at age 32.
Sometimes We've got to be Knocked Down to Make us Look Upward
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Not everything in life is good but not everything is bad either. Things happened for a reason. Things happened to teach us live our life better. And negative things happened to make us better and not bitter. At times, negative things happened so that we will continue to trust and depend on God and not depend on our own strength. Those things that happened to us, things that we did and places we've been-we call them experience. Experience either makes or breaks us.
A Norwegian Proverbs says, "Experience is the best teacher, but tuition is high." And C.S Lewis once wrote, "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn". Sure enough, experience is a great teacher, but only if we learn from it. Experience doesn't mean anything if it doesn't make us better people.
When life knocks us down, we become humble. It is true that sometimes we've got to be knocked down to make us look upward. When we have nothing to lean on, we lean on God. "His strength is perfect when our strength is gone."
Most of the time, we learn the hard way, not the easy way.