Lately, I have felt like I have been trying so hard to be better and do better and things have just been getting harder and harder for me. This has been making it extremely difficult for me to keep faith in God and his timing because a lot of the time we are told that if we try really hard then good things will happen; however, that is not always true. I believe that if you are trying so hard to be better and do better, maybe God takes that as a sign that you are ready for more and you are in need of spiritual growth. And that growth tends to come from adversity and trials. Sometimes because it takes pain and suffering to grow, things have to get worse before they can get better. Heavenly Father sometimes uses our pain as a megaphone for the important things He needs to tell us. He uses heartbreak, turmoil, pain, and suffering to make us better. However true this all may be, it doesn't make it any easier. Pain still hurts and trials still tend to suck, but we always have our Savior. I've said it before and I'll say it again, He will never leave us alone. No matter what we are going through or what we are feeling, He's gone through it and He's felt it. He knows every feeling because He's experienced it. So when life just keeps getting harder, go to Christ because He knows what it feels like. And however hard it might be, do your best to keep a positive perspective and remember that God gives His toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. So yes, sometimes the harder you try the harder things will get, but it's just because God loves you and knows what you are capable of. He knows your potential and the amazing light that lies within you. Hard times make us stronger. Hard times make us better. Hard times help us grow. Hard times bring us closer to Christ. So really when you think about it, hard times really can be the best times because the hard times are where we have the opportunity to draw nearer to Christ and become better versions of ourselves. Nothing worth having comes easily.