We had a sermon on this topic a few weeks back at church. And to be honest, the timing was perfect. While the majority of my life is flowing beautifully, there are a couple of areas that I wish I was experiencing less struggle.
Life can be a struggle. And some of us seem to have to struggle more than others. In fact, there are times when we feel like, “enough already.” We complain that it isn’t fair. We complain that it never works out for us. We complain that the cards are stacked against us.
But, what if, instead of complaining, we show appreciation for the challenge? You see, being fixated on the obstacle keeps us from seeing the purpose of the journey and keeps us from getting through the struggle to victory. Because every obstacle and struggle is just a life lesson that allows us to progress forward. Sometimes it is a lesson we have to learn and sometimes it’s a lesson for others to learn through us. And not seeing the lesson keeps us stuck where we are. We have to learn and appreciate the lesson before the struggle has served its purpose.
You cannot survive what you are experiencing if you allow it to crush you and your spirit. And as my minister reminded us, not being crushed is our responsibility and no one else’s. It is our decision whether we will be crushed or we will grow.
Growth only happens outside of our comfort zone. Growth only happens as a result of struggling through something. That struggle prepares us for the next step. The step that is better than where we are today.
So, the next time you are struggling – the next time you are facing something you are not sure you can endure, rest easy in the fact that it’s part of the journey. It’s part of the process for getting to an ideal place. Rest easy and know that God will give you the peace and creativity to find a better, and meaningful, way through to the other side.
Don’t allow your spirit to be crushed but instead listen closely to learn what or how you are to grow through what you are going through.