Daily Devotional – 8/20/15 “Struggle equals strength”

I just thought I’d pick back up on yesterday’s devotional since somebody somewhere is contemplating suicide because the odds seem stacked against you. Yea, I thought I’d pick up where I left off because somebody needs to be reminded that this is not the end. Oh, you thought things would be easy, all the time? You thought it would be smooth sailing on this journey, everyday? Chile! Do you have a smooth ride every time you get in the car? Don’t you sometimes trip when you walk? Don’t you sometimes experience turbulence when you ride in an airplane? Does not a train jerk occasionally or a bus comes to a hard stop? My point is, no ride is always smooth and your Saintly journey is no different. Yet, we expect God to miraculously erase any bumps on our path. We got the audacity to get mad at Him we went come to a pothole on our way. We got the nerve to always want that bridge over burdens, a staircase to climb the mountain, a rope out of the valley and no reason to cry but baby; thangs aren’t going to be easy all the time!

If it was always easy for you to get out of mess, you’d stay messy. If you don’t struggle to get up after you’ve fallen, you might not appreciate the reason why you had to fall. If you don’t have to fight in the battle, how can you honestly appreciate the victory? If you don’t have to go through the sickness, how can you tell somebody you understand what it means to be well? I’ve shared this before but it fits here again … A butterfly starts as an egg, like we do. Then it’s born as a caterpillar and all it does is eat in order to grow, again like us as babies. Then it goes through a metamorphosis stage where it’s wrapped in a hard shell called a chrysalis. During this stage the outside shell looks the same but the changes are being made on the inside and once the transformation is done, the butterfly begins to come out of the shell. Now you need to get this … As it comes out of the shell, it struggles. The caterpillar has to struggle because the struggle causes the blood to pump into the wings to give them the strength needed to fly. (Did you get that?) Without the struggle, a butterfly can’t fly!

Oh, you might be struggling but it’s only because it’s pumping the necessary strength into the places needed to transition you to the next level. Don’t shortchange your struggle! Without your struggle, you’d have no strength!

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