Saturday 30 June 2018

Try not to wish for another place, time or personal situation...

Your circumstances, and the world around you, are designed for your well-being.

Perhaps they are incomprehensibly harsh?... If so, this is because you personally need a harsh lesson, which you have not yet learned-from.

Try to understand what it is that you need to learn that your actual life is teaching you.

And learn it.

Mortal life nearly always will entail harshness and suffering; ultimately because it is necessary for learning. We can't ever understand or explain all the details of everybody's suffering - that is a ridiculous, dishonest and evasive demand. The point is to understand reality from our own perspective, our actual life; and learn from that... that is what you are here for.


A said...

Thank you Dr. Charlton.

Nigel Worthington said...

This is a life changing perspective in my experience.

Chiu ChunLing said...

It is important not to forget that our eternal destinies must be entwined with those of many of our fellow children of God. As we grow in love of God and His entire family, we are often called on to suffer greatly for the sake of teaching others lessons we have already learned ourselves.

This suffering is less incomprehensible, those who suffer for the sake of others at least have some idea why they must suffer.

But this does not mean the actual suffering is any less.

Often, or even usually, it is greater.

But also of more worth.

Bruce Charlton said...

@CCL - Wise words.