From "The Cast Net"
A periodic mail out my Daddy used to receive when he was living. I chose to continue receiving it after he passed away. One of his cousin's is a minister and responsible for the following:
Excerpt from “The Cast Net”
Source of publication, periodic mail out from; http://www.fomm.org/
April 30, 2007
THE REEF—Don’t worry if you have problems! Which is easy to say until you are in the midst of a really big one, I know. But the only people I am aware of who don’t have troubles are gathered in little neighborhoods. Most communities have at least one. We call them cemeteries. If you’re breathing, you have difficulties. It is the way of life. Believe it or not, most of your problems may actually be good for you! Let me explain.
Maybe you have seen the Great Barrier Reef, stretching some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia. Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef. On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question. “I notice that the lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful,” a traveler observed. “Why is this?” The guide gave an interesting answer, “The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival. It dies early. The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms—surges of power. It has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested it changes and adapts. It grows healthy. It grows strong. And it reproduces.” Then he added this telling note, “That’s the way it is with every living organism.”
That’s how it is with people! Challenged and tested, we come alive! Like coral pounded by the sea, we grow! Physical demands can cause us to grow stronger. Mental and emotional stress can produce tough-mindedness and resiliency. Spiritual testing can produce strength of character and faithfulness. So you have problems—no problem! Just tell yourself, “There I grow again!”
That's a good way of looking at it. If you ever think about the most interesting stories told by the older people you know, they are usually about some hardship or tough situation they worked through. It makes life interesting.