When one of my mentors Rogel Plata passed away due to lymphoma in 1996, his body was laid to rest but his words were immortalized. Talk after talk, preachers like me would quote Rogel. And one of his famous quotes that I often use is this:
“I am in an all-win situtation. If I get healed, I can continue to do what I love to do which is mission work. If I die, I get to see Jesus, the Lord of my life.”
This one powerful statement is a fitting reminder to all of us struggling Christians that there is no difficulty that we face in life that we cannot turn into a blessing. It may be lymphoma, or financial struggles, or relationship concerns. If we try to see things from God’s perspective and respond to them correctly, all our challenges can be made to benefit us in the end.
I am reminded of a couple I know who transformed an otherwise stormy marriage into a blessing when the wife was diagnosed with cancer and the husband responded correctly by resolving to love his wife more than ever.
Or the single mother who turned her experience around by starting a ministry for unwed mothers.
Or the sexually-abused boy who used his experience to witness to God’s incredible love by becoming one of the most powerful and influential preachers in the country today.
Or the bankrupt businessman who looked at his loss as a wake-up call to becoming the great husband and father that he is today.
The unfortunate thing is that many of us equate blessing only to something that is pleasurable. But can something not so pleasurable be a blessing?
If you consider the real-life examples I enumerated above, then the answer, of course, is a resounding yes!
You see, our God is so good that in whatever ciurcumstance he allows to happen in our lives, He always gives room for us to respond. And our response, my dear reader, makes it a blessing or otherwise.
No wonder St. Paul was confident in saying:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Today, look at your challenges. Believe me. Every single one of them is not a dead-end but a doorway to win again…and again…and again!
All it takes is the right response.
Winning with God’s grace,