The Challenges of Life

By:  Stockton

Have you ever thought life was difficult? If you said no to this question, then you probably are not a human being. Everyone knows life is hard, and we all have our own difficulties and things we struggle with.  This could be focusing in school, working hard in your job, or even just having the willpower to wake up in the morning. I know I struggle with all of those things myself, especially the 3rd one! Life is hard but I think that is a good thing.

Elder Robert D. Hales  said this, “The purpose of our life on earth is to grow, develop, and be strengthened through our own experiences.” If everything came so easy to us, how would we be prepared for tough times? How can we become better at something if we have never struggled at it?

One thing I love to do more than almost anything is play basketball. Do I like it because I make every single shot and never miss? Although that would be great, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. If I didn’t miss any of my shots how would I enjoy the times when I make a shot. I wouldn’t know what it feels like to miss, so making each shot would not seem fun, and there would be no point in me playing basketball. Although this may seem like such a simple idea, it truly helps to explain why we have trials and challenges in life. Hard things in life help us enjoy the things which are not hard.

This past school year I had to wake up at 5:00 a.m.and be to school 90 minutes before it started for early morning seminary.  This was something that was difficult for me and I was often tired throughout the day. Even though I despise waking up anytime before 7:00, I recognize the fact that I wouldn’t enjoy sleeping in on the weekends if I never had to get up early.  Having this trial of being an early riser also helped prepare me for when I will need to wake up early on my mission and later on in life, to care for my newborn child.

Overall, I am grateful to have trials in my life because they help me enjoy the good things so much more. They also help prepare me for future situations when I will need the experience of those tough times to help me out. We are alive so that we can go through hard times, learn and grow from those times, make ourselves better and to become more like our Heavenly Father.  I know that trials make me a better person and that without them I would not be who I am today.

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  1. Kimberly Reply

    Stockton,
    You are an amazing young man. Before you know it, you’ll be an amazing missionary and down the road, I have no doubt that you will be an amazing dad.
    Thanks for your wise words.

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