By Braden F
I was on my school’s local swim team and I remember that during the beginning of every workout, I tried to remain positive that the workout would be easy and I wouldn’t feel the exhaustion that comes during practice. As the practice continued, my optimism would fade quickly and I would ask the question that any hard-working athlete does: “Am I going to make it through this practice?” Practice after practice I felt this way and I started to wonder when the practices would go by with ease. When would the workout be not so much of a workout? When would I be able to finish a practice and be able to say, “That wasn’t that bad.” My performance and racing times were getting better but the practices still remained a challenge.
A while later, I was driving home after a practice and I realized the answer to my question: the trial of the practice will never get easier as long as I am giving my all during the workout. The only way that it can get easy is if I slacked off or just quit. That is the only way to have it go easier. But there is a price in doing this: I will never improve if I quit. If I slack off, I will never reach my full potential; I will remain weak as the team moves on around me. I can either choose to become stronger and push on, or give up and become weak.
This experience can be related to anybody and isn’t that unique. Trials are a part of life. Trial is not a fun word. But it still is something each of us has to go through. It isn’t a happy thought that we have to go through pain, sadness, and grief in this life when we don’t know what we did to deserve it. But as I have thought on this; I have come to realize what trials truly mean and what they can really do for us in our lives.
We all have our happy moments in life and we all have moments of sadness. I know that as we work our hardest though, more rewards will come and we will reach our true potential: the potential that God wants us to reach and a destination that only can be reached with the help of a Divine Power.
The chance for improvement is always there for us because life is full of challenges. It is hard to find the desire to keep going when trials are constantly pushing against us, but I found the support I needed from a scripture in the Book of Mormon, which says “I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind, yea, and in all manner of afflictions; yea, God has delivered me from prison, and from bonds, and from death; yea, and I do put my trust in him, and he will still deliver me” (Alma 36:27). The trials we face will oftentimes not be taken away, but God will always support us in them.
Sometimes I wondered if those swimming practices would ever have an end, but what that scripture is saying is that sometimes the Lord won’t exactly take those trials out of our lives, but what he often will do is support us in our trials and help us bear them. In the Bible, Christ says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). When I look at it like that it changes my whole view of the trials in my life. Instead of fearing and trying to get away from my trials, when they do come I try to welcome them and learn as much as I can from them by relying on Him. Trials, in my opinion, are just signs that God trusts me. He trusts me enough that I will get through the problems facing me. He knows me enough and hopes that I will use the ability that He knows I have and push forward having faith in Him. I know that He will help us in our darkest times and that when we seek Him, He will be there for us.