I just finished reading the book, David and Goliath. Malcolm Gladwell shared an idea that the same or similar event can be profoundly damaging to one group of people while leaving another group extremely inspired.
In his book, many people learned and overcame dyslexia by accepting it and using it for their advantage, and because of that forced acceptance and learning, they surpassed many other “normal” people in regards to success in life. The psychologist Dean Simonton observed:
“Gifted children and child prodigies seem most likely to emerge in highly supportive family conditions. In contrast, geniuses have a perverse tendency of growing up in more adverse conditions.”
Then I remembered the conditions of two men in prison. It said:
We will encounter a lot of challenges all throughout our lives and we will be tempted to see mostly the “muds” and forget the most profound truth that God allows His sun to rise over the righteous as well as the wicked. Let us find a way to see the “stars” or the reasons why He allowed such circumstances in our lives because those stuffs might be exactly what we need to receive the blessings He has for us.
In Jesus’ own words, we will experience a lot of challenges in this world but He also said, “Fear not. I have overcome the world.” Thus, we believe that with the same Spirit that He has, we will also overcome the world. May we continue to grow in the Lord and in the power of His might.