Accepting the Lessons in Any Form

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Accepting the Lessons in Any Form

By Derika Crowley

For every action there is a reaction – good or bad. This is concept that we must remember, especially when it comes to tough life lessons. In life, God will literally prune and mold us to be the individuals he called us to be; but, the “pruning process” never stops. We are constantly being molded into better forms of ourselves and at times that means learning the same lessons over and over until it sticks. The main point to this process is that only we have the power to break the pattern of these recurring lessons and until we recognize this, and embrace it, they’ll keep coming.

Jonathan McReynolds has a song called “Cycles” taking about this reoccurring pruning process. The hook of the song goes as follows:

See the devil will learn it's a mistake

When I am sure

That I'm not going in cycles

I'm not going in cycles

I'm gonna break these cycles

I'm not going in cycles

I'm gonna break these cycles

I'm not going in cycles

Cycles, cycles

I'm not going in cycles

This message is power because a.) it acknowledges that cycles are inevitable and human and b.) we can stop the cycles. People mess up. It happens. It would be silly to think that our mistakes don’t have consequence, but we can’t allow repeated lessons from deterring us.

Lately, God has been reminding me to “slow down” and focus on building my own self-esteem. He’s used little ways to remind me of both lessons like presenting opportunities for me to speak up for myself, be aggressive and thinking before I act. In the same breath, he’s also used harsh consequences to make me learn these lessons as well in the form of separating me from certain friendships, unexpected financial hardships and tough reality checks. Regardless of the method, the message came across and mold me for the better; and this is how we must start to look at the situations that occur in our own lives. We must start looking at situations from the perspective of “what is this teaching me and how is it helping me grow”.

Proverbs 24:16 ESV says, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” To me, this means that the moments we “fall” are the moments that teach us the most when we learn how to get back up and grow from our mistakes. If you don’t learn from the mistakes and keep going as you had the in the past, it’s only setting yourself up for disaster.

Start to look at your set-backs as teachable moments. Everything in your life – good or bad – serves a role in our lives, so it’s important for us to operate from the position of someone accepting of the pruning process in whatever form it comes in.