Difficult times provide chances to grow and flourish

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Difficult times provide chances to grow and flourish

I am sure you all have heard the saying, “March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion” … or is it “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”?

Well, here’s another one: Beware of the Ides of March!” The “Ides” is the middle of the month. March seems to be a very notorious month for some reason or other. Nothing seems to be normal. Has anyone ever noticed out that March is the “black sheep” of the year?

March is the most unpredictable season because it’s the changeover from winter to spring. March is like a preteen going through adolescence, or a teenager going into adulthood. It’s a month that sows its wild oats and then mellows out to give us a springtime of beauty.

We all go through a “March” sometimes in our lives.

No one is perfect. We sow our wild oats and go through the changes in our lives. But, once we realize we need to settle down, we become more confident in ourselves and find the beauty in life. I’m sure each of you have experienced that growing time and then burst out of your shell and found your niche.

God gives us these opportunities to test our nature and make us who we are in life. Some people turn out to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, school bus drivers — or even truck drivers. I turned out to be a truck driver for 43 years, as well as a minister.

Wow! God surely had a sense of humor when he dealt me that role. Yes, I did sow my wild oats as a teenager, but God blessed me with a career as a truck driver for a long time. Then He led me into ministry as an over-the-road driver, where I ministered to others along the way. God used my Ides of March to bring me closer to his calling in my life.

He is doing the same for each of you — your experiences prepare you to fulfill God’s plan for your life. Never underestimate what God has planned for you. “March” is where we all change and grow and learn the true meaning of life. If there was no March in our lives, we never would get to enjoy the beauty and true meaning of life.

Even Jesus went through a season of March when he was tempted by Satan. This allowed him to grow into what was needed for his ministry — and for our redemption. Christ had to put worldly things behind him so he could see focus on what needed to be done for our salvation.

Jesus went through a March several times during His life. Going to the cross had to be the hardest March, but in doing so he opened heaven for all mankind to enter in. He conquered death and brought spring, in all its beauty, for each of us.

Life is hard for each of us — but each time you get past a March, know you have conquered problems and are headed in the right direction. Don’t be afraid to accept the challenges and tough times in your life. You will be stronger and come out of it better than before with a clearer understanding of where we were and where we are going.

Never let March control you; control it instead. Keep your faith strong, and let life be your blessing. Never give up. You are the only person who can conquer your March. God bless you and keep you safe.

Best of the roads and all gears forward in Jesus.

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