CHAPLAIN’S CORNER: Profiting from trials

Chaplain (Capt.) Myron C. Byles talks about the advantage of learning from mistakes and deriving value from difficult circumstances.


By Chaplain (Capt.) Myron C. Byles

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 3, 2017) – It is funny how many people will see your failure, but many will not acknowledge the successful things you have achieved. The reality is that we have set success as the standard for all things. When we fail at a task, we are counseled for performing below expected standards. The reality is that life does not always go according to our plan. None of us are perfect, and all of us will miss the mark at some point in our lives. Nevertheless, we must be willing to profit from our trials.

There is a great passage of scripture that further explains this idea of profiting through trials. James 1:2-4 states: “My brothers and sisters, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Many of our feeling are hurt when we fail at a job or task. Some of us beat ourselves up and we feel as if life is over for us. The truth of the matter is that we all can refine our talents and skills. We all can improve in some area or another. Our lives are not over when we miss the mark. We have new opportunities to better ourselves. Loyal football fans will never disclaim their favorite team after a loss or series of losses. They will stick with their team through the good and the bad. They understand the idea of having a bad season. They start the new game or season off with a positive attitude. They go into the game with hope, and they learn from their mistakes.

The past teaches us a few life lessons. We know that we should never repeat past mistakes. We also learn to hold on to the things that has worked for us in the past. Finally, we learn to never go with the status quo. The things that got us through yesterday may not get us through the trials of today. Our Creator is the only one who can mend broken hearts and get us back into the game. I leave this with you: keep God first, pat yourself on the back, and profit through your trials.

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