What a wonderful time I had conducting the Sunday services at Unity on the Bay this morning! Great crowd, amazing energy, and wonderful music. And the topic was one I love to discuss…
The title was, Be Rich for God. And one of the areas we looked at was the lessons we receive from the universe, and what they mean for us.
A dysfunctional relationship is a lesson. An addiction is a lesson. So is a scary medical diagnosis, a business failure, or a car accident.
Sometimes we are being taught the lesson, and sometimes we are the vessel teaching it. And when the lesson is for you, and you don't want to learn it, there’s no rush. The universe will be happy to send it again!
One thing I know is this:
The things I hated the most, the most difficult challenges I ever endured – offered me the greatest gifts. Of course I didn't realize it at the time…
When my business was seized by the IRS and auctioned off, that wasn’t a lesson I wanted to learn. But if that wouldn't have happened – I would still be working 14 to 16 hours a day in a restaurant, and never discovered my true assignment in life.
Getting shot and left for dead isn’t a learning experience I would particularly recommend. But if I didn't face down death like that, I could never appreciate life the way I do now.
Whatever challenge you’re going through, make sure it’s one you’re also growing through. Learn the lesson and look for the hidden gift.
And know that the more difficult the challenge – the greater the ultimate gift!