“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honour. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.” –Samuel Smiles
If you’re standing on the edge of a cliff, with one foot hanging, I encourage you to pull that foot in and continue to push ahead (but make sure you’ve turned around, otherwise you’ll fall off the cliff). If you have more bills in the mail, than you have dollars in your account, tell your debtors that you’re waiting on a pending deposit to clear from God. It might not be available by their due date, but God is always on time.
Not only is he always on time, yet he is always in control. And I know I’m not alone in confessing that I have spent too much time worrying, stressing and complaining. And personally, I am tired of it, so I know God has to be. Have you ever noticed how after you complain, you’ve exerted energy that could have been dedicated to aiding your situation? You’re complaining to those around you, and eventually you notice how they no longer want to hang out with you, or they’re always sick or sleep when you call. There is a reason.
I had to learn to embrace the struggle. To stop resisting what God sought necessary for my growth. So, if you’ve been wondering why the delay in my writing, I’ve been in battle, stationed in the depths of my mind. I have been struggling to embrace the struggle. I’ve been putting my foot back on solid ground and enjoying the pleasant (for me) conversations between me and my bill collectors where I try to explain why my pending deposit from God came, yet they still did not get paid (I’m working on better money-managing skills).
I know the idea of struggling isn’t the most glorious thing, however I encourage you to detect what your role has been in giving the act of struggling a negative connotation. We are not being punished, we have done nothing wrong; instead our struggle is an opportunity to grow, to be enlightened, to be pressured only for that pressure to create a polished individual.
As I say many times, I am no Dr. Phil. I am an individual who seeks to be transparent with my experiences, so that I may help others. I am a warrior who has fought my entire life, so I am no stranger to battle. I am a student who is learning how to be still, how to hear and trust God and how it is okay to be re-introduced to yourself every day, because as Lauryn Hill said, “anything that isn’t growing, is dead.” But, most importantly, I am rising above chains that rusted a long time ago,despite my inability to shake them off. I believe in no soul left behind, and there’s plenty of room in my golden chariot.
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