Can I tell you something you might think is strange? When I was on the swim team in high school I always loved it when my coach yelled out her critiques of me during practice. I know that sounds weird, but her critique, her attention, made me feel important. I already knew I was’t a perfect swimmer and when she yelled at me I felt like she cared about me; that she was watching me and that she knew I could improve.
After every race I talked to her about my performance. I loved it when she pointed out little details I could fix during my next meet. Her observations and direction showed me she paid attention to my race and wanted me to improve.
My coach gave us hard workouts and early morning practices. There were many times when I didn’t want to practice because it was so hard and not always fun. But practicing brought forth results. I wouldn’t have improved my swimming at all if I didn’t go through those hard practices. It’s the hard things that make us stronger.
God is like our coach, except so much more. He is our Heavenly Father. He loves us infinitely more than we can imagine. He wants us to improve and He wants us to become like Him. He sent us down to this Earth to be tested. This life wasn’t meant to be a walk in the park. God knew it wouldn’t be easy, and so did we. God gives us trials in life so that we can learn from them and become stronger. He gives us commandments and leaders to help. He gives us experiences now that he knows will help us in the future.
Brad Wilcox said, “God would not put you through the refiner’s fire if you were not worth refining.”
God knows our full potential and His goal is to help us reach it.
And it is for His love, His attention, His belief in my potential that I am grateful.