Life is a story.
Your life is the story of you.
That means that right now, today, you are writing – living – your biography.
What will be included in your biography? What types of events are included in biographies of great people? What types of events are included in biographies that are fascinating to read? Biographies would be boring if there were no hard or scary parts. Difficulty makes the story interesting. Difficulty shapes us and makes us better people – when we accept the difficulty as a challenge and rise to the occasion.
Life is a story, and this is your biography happening now; therefore, do not be discouraged when difficulty comes.
There is no glory and no growth without dragons to fight – temptations to resist – and obstacles to overcome – hard duties to perform. We are sanctified through trial, not by ease. Do you want to be a better Christian, a better person? Then welcome the hard parts of life.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. – James 1:2-3
Life is a story, and your biography is being written as we speak; therefore, be careful how you respond. Your responses determine what kind of character you are.
If you imagine yourself as a kind, loving, diligent mother, then you are actually going to have to be kind – even when the children are not. You will have to be loving even when the children are resistant. You will have to be diligent even when you’re tired. Virtues are developed through practice, not through daydreams.
Life is a story, and you are living your biography; therefore, know that the events you wouldn’t choose are the ones that will make you who you become.
The temptation to become irritable is precisely the opportunity to grow in patience. Becoming patient does not happen when nothing occurs that irritates or frustrates. Patience comes when we exercise it, and we can’t exercise it without the difficulty that demands it.