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SOME believe that they have been unfairly treated by circumstances in life.

Consider my high school friend. At the age of 19, he found himself as the leader of a camping trip with a group of young teens. One of those teens drowned in a lake about an hour’s hike from civilization. My friend was in charge, and needless to say, he was devastated to the point of hopeless despair.

He called his father, hoping to find some comfort. Like his 19 year old son, the father understood the despair of the family over this loss of life. He understood that this was a life changing moment for his son, along with the potential consequences and trouble that might lie ahead. But rather than join the son in fear and despair, he said to him, "Well, son, there are two ways of looking at this. Either this is a tragedy from which you will never recover, or this is God’s indication to you that He has some very great things that He wants to do in your life, and this is the only way that He can prepare you for those things."

The son’s perspective on his tragedy changed. That young man indeed went on to great things for God, and fulfilled areas of service and ministry at a very young age that would normally have been reserved for an older man.

Today, he continues to use his experiences as a teacher at a Bible college. He learned that blaming your circumstances is a sure way to lose the blessing and benefit of the learning experience that God puts in your life.

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