What does is take?
Why does it take life threatening circumstances or extreme struggles for us as humans to finally understand what is ultimately important? Why does life have to get to the point of devastation for us to get it?
In the suffering:
Unfortunately, suffering is where we find ourselves growing the most. When faced with death, where do you find yourself? I find myself on my knees pouring my heart out to the GOD that is just and loving. In your suffering, He will be there and thru that suffering. If you absolutely trust in him, you will have unfathomable peace. Hardships and suffering is what breaks us down to nothing. It brings us back to the beginning, back to the basics. What are the basics? GOD! Our basic need is GOD!
In the joy:
Is GOD there when we are happy as well? That is not the question. The question is, do we allow GOD to be there in the happy times? Do we really see him in those happy times? I mean really see him. Are we are on knees thanking him thru tears of joy? Not usually. We live in the happiness, thinking about the moment, not the reason for the moment. We are more focused on the “happy fun” feel good aspect, but to really focus on the reason for the moment would send realization shock waves thru you, resulting in radiant joy. To experience true joy is something that most people crave to feel and should strive to obtain as often as they can. We don’t need all the materialistic “stuff” that we humans have accumulated. It does make life fun, but does not accomplish anything. True joy is not as a result of treasures here on earth. The truest treasure you could ever hope to obtain and most assuredly need, is GOD.
That is what it has always taken for me to understand the true value of priorities in my life. Going thru those hard times really sucks, but it’s the only thing that helps me to put things back into perspective.
When going thru the above, I try to allow GOD to be my “lighthouse”, my beacon of light, thru the storm.