Everything Happens For a Reason

Chelsea - Monticello, Kentucky
Entered on September 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: death, question
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Many things happen during the course of your life. Some are good and some are bad. Sometimes you don’t know why things happen. Whether it is good or bad everything that occurs to you in your life has a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is to make you stronger, sometimes it is God testing you and sometimes it is just God’s way of getting your attention.

I started believing this around the time I was nine years old toward the death of my parents, which occurred a few months after my second birthday and toward life in general. This is because I didn’t want to keep asking, “Why did this happen to me!” when something terrible like a death in my family, would occur. After so many years of asking “Why” I decided that there must be a reason for everything that kept happening. I decided that it must be reason for everything that happened in life.

That is when I came up with my answer. It was God. God controls everything and must be the reason behind everything that happens in life. That is when I started believing that everything happens for a reason.

My outlook on life has now changed due to my belief. It has made me realize that even though bad things occur, they have a specific purpose in your life. Since I started believing I now can handle some things that occur in my life, and for the things that I can’t handle I turn over to God. Like for example if someone dies now I believe that God saw something in their future that they couldn’t face and decided it was their time to leave. Before I started believing this particular belief, a death was something that I just couldn’t understand. I would ask, “Why”, but now I know that it is happens for a purpose, and it has changed my life.

Now as I live life day by day and face the challenges and difficulties that life throws at me. I look at the difficulties I face and try to determine their purpose for being in my life. I try to break them apart piece by piece to decipher their meaning. Though all of this I know that no matter how bad things are they have a purpose for being in my life.