We use a saying in our church that I borrowed years ago from Robert Shuler, yes, that, Robert Shuler. The saying goes:
“With Christ I am tougher than the tough things of life.”
The saying simplifies the truth conveyed in Philippians 4:13,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV).
Along this line of thought a statement leaped off the page of the article I was reading, so speared it with my Microsoft pencil for later rumination. The more thought given to it, the more the urge to comment on it. I don’t know the source other than the one given:
"I've never met a strong person with an easy past!" The Funny Beaver.
It’s a safe bet than upon examination you haven’t either! Most will think of the Rockefellers, or Kennedy’s or other “rich” people. Do you honestly think the tremendously strong Rose Kennedy lived a fairytale life? President Trump grew to maturity under the strong arm of his father who was known as, nobody’s fool!”
No matter the financial status of a family, each life has suffering, whether it be physical or otherwise, and will have people and events that strengthen or weaken them. When adults spend to much time and money making life easy, they, perhaps in ignorance, are contributing to a weakness rather than strength in the future adult.
The Bible is chock full of the stories of men and women who endured unthinkable suffering. These men and women are revered for their courage in the face of tremendous obstacles, such as poverty, war, loss of all things, constant intrusions into the private life by tyrants as well as the normal ebb and flow of life. Yet Joseph endured the betrayal by his brothers, fellow prisoners and traveling slave traders to rise far above the sheltered life of a favorite child. The saga of overcoming runs throughout the Bible.
Are you having a tough time? Praise the Lord! You are being prepared for life!
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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