So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
Embracing life means embracing all of it, including the people who make it difficult. I call these people "character builders." You may hate the fact they're in your life, but without them you'd never come close to what God wants for you. These people that are so tough are actually a gift from God. Like me, you can probably look at the character you've developed and see it didn't get there from people being nice to you. It's there because of some very tough treatment by people who didn't have your best interest in mind.
Remember the story of David and Goliath? If David had taken on a third grader I don't think we'd have heard much about it. Or what about Daniel and the pit of lions? If it were a pit of hamsters no one would be talking about that today! The bigger the challenge the more God can do with it. Its difficult things and people that make up the stories of our lives in a way that brings honor to God.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.