“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller
Miss Keller is partially well known and loved by the American people and her contribution to life in general was stellar. Helen learned through horrific struggle some of the great secrets of life. Her main contribution was her courage, to endure unbelievable handicaps to achieve goals that would have cowed all but the bravest of souls. I know “her theology was askew” however she did have a simple grasp of Jesus and she also loved her Pit Bull Guide dog. I know a lot of Bible toting people who do not take proper care of their furry buddies.
I was deeply moved by the above statement from Helen Keller. Most of us inwardly long for a less troublesome life, a neater job, nicer home, and the men at least, long for a mate who really understands them. Meaning a mate who will put up with them!
Have you ever wondered why Jesus suffered? The Psalmist foreshadowing Christ wrote this in Psalms 69:19 “Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”
Which of the above words would you not underline? Reproach? Broken heart? Shame? Dishonor? Vicious adversaries? Heaviness of soul? No Mercy?
You think you have it tough? Note at least a hint about suffering here Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Suffering brought upon us or permitted by Jesus is one of God’s tools in building His strength in us that others may see we have become real via trusting Jesus Christ. He demonstrated the way.
Miss Keller was really on to something.
I stood at the foot of Helen’s tomb in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and asked, “Jesus, please help me to stop complaining!
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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