Hardships

Hardships

Grammy Award winning vocalist Sandy Patty recorded a song by composer Gary Driskell called, “Face to Faith.”  The first verse and chorus says:

David was small but no giant could take him

And Daniel was doomed but there was not a wound

When they raised him from the lion’s den

Simon Peter, in chains, brought an angel to the rescue

Paul and Silas, in jail, were guarded to no avail

For their shackles were loose and the doors just flew open

“Now, what is the catch?” I asked one day I was readin’

It must be an age-old mystery

Then, takin’ a second look

I discovered a strikingly clear consistency

 

It’s meetin’ disaster face to faith

Puttin’ God’s promises into place

Tendin’ to trouble with a little taste

Of what God will do when His people start callin’ His name

He anxiously awaits

To give the word to release the power that prayer creates

So we gotta learn to meet every problem that we face

Face to faith

 

The Bible is full of stories of people who faced unbelievable hardships yet

through their faith and determination came out stronger for it.

 

ONE MAN’S CEILING

The phrase, one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor, can be applied to hardships. What might be a terrible struggle for one person is nothing for another. One person may scoff at the “weakness” of a drug addict, while they themselves are addicted to gossip and drama. We each have our demons. But we should never forget that we each also have our strengths. Often those strength are the result of having battled through a hardship and over come a weakness.

 

WE SHOULD THANK THE LORD FOR WEAKNESS

In the Book of Ether in The Book of Mormon, the Lord talks about this strength through struggle.

“And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”  — The Book of Mormon, Ether 12:27

What a great promise that is. Not only can we overcome weaknesses, but those weaknesses can become strengths.

This verse from Ether lays outs an underlying principle of the 12 step program used in addiction recovery.

STEP 1: We admitted we are powerless over our addiction. (Becoming humble)

STEP 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (My grace is sufficient for all men…)

The secret to overcoming a weakness is coming face to face with it and

then dealing with it in faith. As Gary Driskell wrote,

“We gotta learn to meet every problem that we face

Face to faith.”

 

Copyright © 2013 by Energy Media Works LLC

Broken heart photo by: wikimedia commons, Frank Vincentz 

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RELATED MATERIAL:

Sandy Patty sings, “Face to Faith.” (Source: YouTube)

12 Steps to Recovery (source: LDS.org)

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QUOTES ABOUT HARDSHIP AND FAITH

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience’.” – Oprah Winfrey

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and others in storm.” – Willa Cather

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