Which will it be for you? Bitter or better?
There are many certainties in life. Death and taxes are two of them. And all of us - to varying degrees - experience hardship.
Jesus told us to expect it. He said trouble was a certainty for those who follow him (John 16:33). It’s a fact of life.
But it’s how we respond to hardship that defines us. Because how hardship affects us is evidence of our faith in Jesus.
Hard times will either make you bitter or better.
You will either curse the darkness, only to become darker in your heart. Bitter. Resentful.
Or, you will praise the problem. Learn from it. And let your light shine from within (Matt. 5:16). Your test becomes your testimony. Your mess forms your message. Your purpose born from your pain.
It’s our choice. But as followers of Jesus, we are to choose wisely. Therefore, we steadfastly guard our hearts. We will not allow our hearts to be troubled (John 14:1).
Just always remember: the same sun that hardens clay also melts the ice. It’s your choice which will happen.
It’s why hard times will make you either bitter or better.