Sunday, August 12, 2018
I got one poor grade in High School, in Spanish. My memory recalls no other grades except that one. It was a defining moment. I had to accept that it was my fault for the grade and learn from my mistakes.
A poor grade is a minor crisis to an adult, but not to a teenager. Adults cope with not being able to pay a mortgage, being fired from work, a challenge in marriage. These crisis events provide a time to grow in our spiritual maturity. They are opportunities to understand life in new and deeper levels.
We could ask, “Why is this happening to me?” Instead, we need to focus on how God is forming our character. A crisis is a time to live out Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Anyone can be kind in good days. It takes a person of spiritual maturity to be gracious and loving in the midst of life’s challenges. These are the times that form who we are for the rest of our lives.