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Learning The Lessons Of Life

Updated on March 31, 2014
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Pass or Repeat

Learn the lesson or repeat the class. If you do not learn the lessons in your life, you will not pass the test. You might get a little further along than you were before, maybe even get more answers right the next time around, but you will ultimately still fail the test if you haven’t learned the lesson well. Learning the lesson requires the ability to understand it within the core of your being, knowing how and why it applies to you and your life situations. Some people may learn the lesson the hard way, while others learn the lesson the easy way. As you read the following learned lesson from my own life, reflect on your own situations and assess your learning process. Are you learning the lessons in your life or do you find yourself failing tests and repeating classes?

It took me 22 years to learn some key lessons that took root and bloomed only after surviving a divorce, two disabling car accidents, and three bouts with disabling respiratory ailments, all clearly illustrating that I used to learn my lessons the hard way. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on whose perception, I was one of those individuals who had to personally experience some things to fully understand them. Some mistakes I’ve had to make on my own instead of learning from what I was told or observed others do; I had to experience the whys of the situation in order to grasp it in a way that would be lasting and transforming.

To all inexperienced learners of hard lessons, be advised that this form of learning has proven to be most painful more often than not. However, there is a comforting, encouraging, and reassuring upside, which is that if you sincerely want to learn the lessons for your life, God will work with you, in and through you, lovingly (yet firmly) and patiently until you learn the lesson and victoriously pass the test.

A Test

During a 7-week medical leave from work in 2006, I underwent a spiritual and physical reconstruction, nearly lost out on a prepaid nonrefundable Caribbean vacation, and stressed over educational plans for that year. The 7 week medical leave covered a 9 week period because I had miserably failed the test that was presented after the first four weeks when I had returned to work for two weeks, resulting in me repeating the class for three weeks. Although I knew the right answers the first time around, I overanalyzed my situation, wrestled with my spirit, and made the wrong choices. This experience can be broken down as follows:

Test Topic: Your Body, God’s Temple

Lesson Learned: Do not focus on physical symptoms, the possible interruption of future plans or give negative thoughts a foothold in your mind. Instead, fix your eyes on Jesus only, be Spirit-led and obedient in taking care of your body, whatever the surrounding circumstances.

Scripture References: (Matthew 6:34) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”. (Proverbs 16:9) “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”. (James 4:13-15) “Come now, you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow …. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.

The Lord reiterated some truths that I had previously experienced and held on an intellectual level, but this time He inscribed those truths on the walls of my heart. Am I certain that I will make all the right choices on future test? No, nor am I worried about passing the next one. I am and will continue to be a work in process on this side of heaven, test by test, one day at a time, walking in a state of repentance, striving to be more like Jesus until the good work that has begun in me is complete. Through it all, I’ve learned that some battles belong to God alone; I need not fear, flee or fight, just stand in position, be still, give praise, and see the salvation of the Lord. Also read http://hubpages.com/hub/Healing-The-Body.

Share Your Lessons

So what is your story? What lessons are you learning? Are you learning them the easy way or the hard way? As long as you live, you can be assured that you will experience life challenges. Always know that there is a lesson to be learned in each and every one; it is not what we encounter in life, but how we respond to and handle the situations that come our way. Instead of reacting in fear and uncertainty, look to God and use the experience as an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser through your journey.

(John 16:33) “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Be blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins
www.joannemeekins.com

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    • Inspired 4 U profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Anne Meekins 

      6 years ago from Queens, NY

      Hi Helen. Thank you as always for your kind & thoughtful comments. No I didn't get the email, I've been MIA as well, but I am striving to get back in the flow. Your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. It is a comfort and encouragement to have an online sister of God with such a beautiful spirit and mindfulness of me. My prayers go up for you and yours as well. Stay blessed my sister. One Love!

      Jo Anne

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      oceansider 

      6 years ago

      Dear Jo Anne, I appreciate this article about lessons we need to learn. I too have learned things the hard way in the past. Yes, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus not matter what is going on. Thank you for your encouragement. ......Don't know if you got my email....a couple of weeks ago I emailed you, saying that for awhile I won't be able to participate at H. P. very much right now.....Well, this afternoon, I have a little time, so I am reading some hubs.

      I pray for God's blessings for you & your loved ones....take care sister!

      Helen

    • Inspired 4 U profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Anne Meekins 

      7 years ago from Queens, NY

      Amen! I have learned the same lesson on deeper levels and to "be still and know ...".

      You are welcome and we are and will continue to be works in progress/process, growing and transforming in Christ through grace, as long as we are in this flesh on this side of heaven. Peace & love.

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      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Inspired 4 U, is the reason we get the same lesson again because we didn't get it the first time? I think sometimes in our lives, the best thing to do is "wait it out." We often move to fast and are impatient.

      Thanks for this hub, it made me think of a couple lessons I have not learned -- but must keep on working to get it right.

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      Jo Anne Meekins 

      9 years ago from Queens, NY

      Well Cindy, the good thing about learning lessons the hard way is that they leave a lasting impression. They are learned hard, but well and take root in your psychi to prayerfully never have to go that way again!:) Becoming the people of God that He intended is really a life long process, not an overnight sensation; and we learn in a way that will grow us best. I believe the purpose of all our tests is to trust God more and surrender our whole self with all issues, desires and plans to Him and His will for our lives.

      Christa, time is not an issue with God. What seems like forever to us is but a mere minute to Him. I have learned that some lessons are slow in coming or seem to repeat what we thought we knew because God wants us to learn the lesson on a deeper level.

      It's a process of the journey sisters. One to be enjoyed on the way to the ultimate destination. Thank God for mercy and grace and His unconditional love. The blessing is that we don't have to figure it out alone and that we have each other and other resources to assist us through this learning process. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

      Be encouraged and stay the course. The victory is ours and it is guaranteed!

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      Christa Dovel 

      9 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

      Right now I am learning the lesson of time management, and following God's plans, not mans. I seem to be missing something... because the lesson is slow in being learned. :D

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      I think that I definitely learn all my lessons the hard way!

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