Hard times can be used for good!

I have touched on this topic in the past, but it has been brought to my attention again, and I believe that it is something that should stay in the forefront of our minds. We all go through hardships in our lives, some more than others. There is nothing we can do to change what has happened in our past, but we can change what happens in the future. After we have finally made it to the other side of our struggles, we are able to reflect upon them and discover that we are stronger. We are also able to support others who are going through the same struggles. No one understands more than someone with first-hand experience.

Since my anxiety manifested itself in my adolescence, I have always prayed for it to be taken away. I always thought there was something wrong with me, and that I was doing something wrong in my life because I continued to struggle with it even though I felt as if I continually prayed for God to take my burden. Over the years I became disheartened and fell further into anxiety. There were times when I had no anxiety and I was so thankful! However, it kept returning and I kept wondering what was wrong with me.

After years of thinking I was doing something wrong, God has finally made it clear to me that it is NOTHING I have done. I am not a bad person. I do not lack faith. It is purely a biological imbalance. I do not want to say that it is a flaw, because I do not believe that God makes mistakes. Do I wish that I didn’t have anxiety? More than anything. However, I am at the point where I am able to see that my anxiety has a purpose. There is a reason why my struggle is anxiety. I think that it is so I can help others who suffer from the same affliction. I have always had the gift of gab, combined with the inability to be embarrassed. These qualities combined allow me to open up to others and share my story. Provide hope for those around me who feel as if they have nothing left.

I am here to tell you now that there is something left. You have so much to give, even if you are flawed. Even if you are afraid. We are all afraid at one time or another. What matters is what we decide to do with that fear. Will we allow it to tear us down and defeat us? Or will we use it to propel us forward and overcome the hardships? What will you choose?

10 thoughts on “Hard times can be used for good!

  1. Great post. I am finally starting to wrap my head fully around the fact that my mental illnesses are not my fault. And that I have them for a reason. God does not make mistakes, he makes beautiful people for wonderful purposes. Even if we cannot see what that looks like right away. 🙂

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  2. i waste so much of my life thinking about all my regrets and poor choices. if i could look at them with less anger i could learn a lot. i hope that will come in time, but i can’t now. your post is a good reminder of what i can hope for! 🙂

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  3. Elle,
    This is a great post and I think it’s amazing that you are so kind in helping others with their anxiety. I hope that I can do the same and bring comfort to those who feel that they are alone. Unfortunately, there are people out there that even after they have learned how to get through their fears, they are still rude to others who suffer.

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