The most important lesson for every successful woman
Walking into the room filled with anxiety and excitement, I pondered who would give me the best response to the question in my heart, “what is the most important lesson for every successful woman?”. An introvert at heart, I did not relish the idea of walking up to strangers to ask my deep-rooted questions, but I was uniquely interested in what persons in the room may have to say.
After a night of varying responses that created no eagerness on my part to proclaim that I found the fountain of youth, I admitted defeat. Some of those responses such as “work the hardest”, “always be willing”, and “it isn’t who you know but who knows you”, were the norm. It was something I heard frequently, but I felt as if something was missing.
And then it was revealed
Two weeks later, I was listening to a podcast by one of my favourite pastors and he said something that blazed in my heart.
How you respond to trials will define you. Trials test who you are.Pastor Ron Carpenter
That is it! Climbing up the successful ladder will always come with trials. There will never be a smooth climb. But it is in how we respond to the tests that we face that will determine whether we will be successful or not. Do we have a defeat mentality? Or maybe, you are the opposite like me and grab the trial by the horn and master it on your own?
The key to trials lies in what and who you believe in. Do you believe that God is big enough to conquer any difficulty that you may face? Are you meeting your problems in faith? Do you face your trial the same way in which Jesus did? Knowing who you are and whose you are, will get you through any ordeal.
A lesson from Jesus
When Jesus faced His trial (Matthew 4:1-11), His only response was quoting the Word of God. Jesus didn’t get into any arguments with the devil. Per His usual style, He didn’t waste His time in long speeches. He went straight to the Word. This was a reminder for me that sometimes we say too much to the devil, and we face him with the wrong strategy.
Here are some promises to encourage you in your trials:
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. – Psalm 34:8
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.– Isaiah 40:29-31
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; – Isaiah 43:1-3
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31:8
Food for thought
The most important lesson for every successful woman is that how you respond to your trials will define you. The devil will confront you and say if you are ‘X’, let me see you do ‘Y’. You will never be good enough in the eyes of the evil one. He will continue to play games with you for you to prove your worth. Don’t let him trick you. Go straight to the Word. That is the only response we will give him! (Drop the mic.)
Prayer: Father of comfort and grace. When my cup runs over, I still grumble and complain. Forgive me. When the devil attacks like a roaring lion, I charge and forget to seek your face. Forgive me. Help me to hide your word in my heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen