We each face battles in life, and sometimes it seems as if all hopes are lost. We all go through crossroads that might have made us feel like we are forced to face the trials and tribulations of being. Sometimes it gets so bad that it seems as if the world is grumbling on our shoulders. Nevertheless, they are considered a part of life and can be identified as valleys.

Every one of us goes through valley experiences; in fact, these valley experiences are a part of life. For those of us who might have experienced valleys in one way or the other can confirm that this is a trail and challenging time in a man’s life. Some valleys are broad; some are narrow. Some are on the rough grounds and some on smooth ground.

Life is full of peaks and valleys, but as difficult as it is, we should learn to appreciate the valleys because they play significant roles in our lives. It is an opportunity for us to find ourselves. The truth is, it is not what life does to us that matters, but how we respond to it that defines us. As hard as the valley experiences can be, it helps us understand the importance of contentment, values, and worth. It helps us develop a clear understanding of our desire, wants, needs and most importantly our purpose.

It helps us discover and grow our faith. Based on my personal experiences, I must say, my valley experience shaped my decision, and who I am today. It taught me the essence of keeping the faith and growing in faith. My valleys have made me understand the purpose of developing my strength of faith. According to Dana Arcuri “Our faith is built in the dark, in the valleys, and during the back-breaking battles in life.”

No one wishes to experience a valley or valleys. However, life is not a bed of roses. Our valley experience differs just like our personalities, but what is important is how we let it define who we become.

How has it defined you? Has it changed your response to the way you see life? If yes, in what ways?

According to Craig D. Lounsbrough, “We can only climb the mountains because there’s a valley that makes the mountain a mountain.” There is a purpose of every man’s valley, what is yours?

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