It is never pleasant to face uncomfortable moments in life. But does this make uncomfortable or painful moments completely bad? Can any good come from feeling the sting of hurt or disappointment?
The truth is, good can come as we learn lessons through tough experience. So as parents raise their kids, they should remember that character is often built through tough experiences.
How Our Heavenly Father Allows Us to Learn Lessons Through Tough Experiences
No parent hopes that their kids will face excessive hurt, remorse, unease, or guilt. Notice that I used the word “excessive.” Sometimes we experience times in our lives when hurt, remorse, unease, or guilt is helpful for learning life lessons and becoming more spiritually, emotionally, and mentally mature. All parents should desire to limit the amount that their children have to feel these uncomfortable things, but when parents attempt to save their kids from each and every small moment of discomfort or disappointment, they rob their kids of valuable lessons that can only be taught through life’s toughest moments.
In Scripture, we see our perfect example of a parent—God—allow people to face tough situations in order for them to build character become more mature. Take a look at the Apostle Paul’s encouraging words in Romans 5:3-4, and trust that God, setting an example for earthly parents, knows our limits, has a redemptive plan, and is our comfort through our trials.
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