How are you handling adversity in your life? Joshua Marine wrote, “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” We cannot get the best out of life until we understand the importance of overcoming adversity.
True champions overcome adversity; they don’t allow adversity to overcome them. A champion is not someone who has not been attacked, but someone still standing strong after series of blows. A champion sometimes looses a battle to win the war. You are a true champion when you refuse to accept defeat in life.
T.F. Hodge wrote, “The motto of champions: If you are hurt, you can suck it up and press on. If injured, you can rebound and return bigger and better…and continue to inspire!” Champions can be challenged but they cannot be chained. Randi Fine wrote, “When life places a wall in our path we have two choices…we can beat our head against it, or we can figure out a way to get around it.” So, let me share few things about how true champions overcome adversity.
- Champions are made from within
Sometimes we rate champions by their stature, thinking it is who they are outside that determines what makes them stronger than their adversity. But champions are as strong as how they look like deep inside of them. True champions have God inside of them, irrespective of how they look on the outside.
- Champions never say “It is Over”
Amit Ray wrote, “It is not over. Champions extend their limits and make things happen.” No one becomes a champion who give up too soon. Job was a true champion. He said, “I know my redeemer lives and He will save me at last.” You cannot overcome adversity if you give up. You must be confident that God will give you victory at last. This will keep you going when you suppose to throw in the trowel.
- Champions Know God can do Everything
Adversity bows to those who believe and never doubt the limitless power of God. Job says, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You” (42:2). No matter what you are passing through, you will be a true champion if you acknowledge that God can do everything – He can help you handle your situation.
- Champions Seek Understanding
Winning over the adversity of life requires personal understanding about God and what He wants us to do. When we understand God, we will be careful about things we utter in the midst of our adversity. Job says, “…Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (42:3). How do you speak when things are tough around you? Do you speak with or without understanding about God? This can make a big difference between your defeat and victory.
- Champions have the Revelation of God
Right perspective of ourselves comes through our personal revelation of God. Our errors and weaknesses are made bare, confidence in the Lord and no longer in our ability emerges when we get the revelation of God. Job says, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear. But now my eyes sees You” (42:5).
It is good to hear about God, but nothing is as good as having a clear revelation of Him. The difference between those who are able to rise above their adversities and those who get stuck in them is revelation. When you have the revelation of God, it will fuel your faith, change your thinking, transform your attitude, strengthen your weakness, stir up your courage, soften your heart, stretch your perseverance, lighten up your countenance, take you to your kneels often and give a you a sense of direction.
Someone once said, “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” In his book, Faith is the Answer, David Sorensen says, “…Faith and obedience are still the answers – even when things go wrong, perhaps especially when things go wrong.”
Always remember this: It is during challenging times that we find out what we are made of…For that is when we discover the power of our spirit (Randi Fine).
You are a true champion…when God is on your side.