“I’m thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength!”
There is something about that quote that really hits home for me! Each and every one of us has something we struggle with. It can be our marriage, children, job, money, relationship with family and even our commitment to God. There is NOT one person on this planet without a struggle of some kind. How do you OVERCOME it? Do you sit or stand there and cry all day and night OR do you find the faith to use it as a strength? Those are not exactly easy questions to answer IF you do not know who to go to for answers.
Romans 5: 3-5 ESV states “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
My biggest struggle in my life has been my weight. It is something that I have fought with my entire life just about. As a kid, I was always talked about throughout my schooling and at first I was ashamed, upset, sad, just thought I was worthless. It took me a long time through my high school years to have the strength and courage to be able to stand up for myself. Being overweight DOES NOT give someone the right to disrespect you and belittle you. We all have flaws, once again, WE ALL HAVE FLAWS! This is an area that I am challenging myself to overcome and to finally drop the weight due to the health risks. My biggest motivation is my wife and our two sons! As husband and father, I do not ever want to not be in the picture; that’s the STRENGTH I need to overcome my STRUGGLE!
If there is one thing that God has given us, it’s the SPIRIT of OVERCOMING! It’s having that “mustard seed faith” that no matter what comes your way, YOU can overcome whatever struggle you have right now. As of today, I look to my oldest son as someone who has this Spirit. He was kicked out of daycare at three years old and all they told my wife and I was that he was autistic. There was no proof, nothing just that he “was not like the other children!” I remembered my wife and I crying about this and wondering why us and why now. We had our oldest tested which is a long process and come to find out, HE NEVER WAS WHAT THE SCHOOL CLAIMED! He has been seeking speech therapy lessons to strengthen that area but he did not let that stop him. If my oldest son (who’s seven) can understand this notion of overcoming “his” struggle then WHY CAN’T WE?
So finally ask yourself, “what’s your struggle?”
Once you know it, seek GOD and pray for strength to OVERCOME IT!