“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.” — James Buckham

There’s an old Chinese story about a framer whose only horse ran away, and all his friends said that’s too bad. Then when the horse returned followed by a string of mares, they all declared in amazement how good this was. But then the farmer’s son tried to break on of the new mares and fell off and broke his leg instead. Wasn’t that too bad? The next day when the army came marching through to take all the young men off to war, the farmers son wasn’t taken because his leg was broken. And so there was great good that came from the horse running away!

There is a silver lining to every cloud and good must come of everything you call “bad.” This is true because you declare and demand it from the Universal Law of Life! So, good is made of something that starts out as bad, even if you don’t know what that good is… today, or next week, or next month. Simply trust that it is so!

Contemplate: When have you had something that you thought was bad, turn out to be a blessing or a great good? Is there something going on right now in your life that is calling for this perspective?

Affirmation: I trust that everything turns out for the best, for myself and for everyone involved.