What If You Didn’t Struggle?

Have you ever just had “one of those days”? You know, the kind where you sleep through the alarm clock, you’re late for work, you accidentally dress in two different shoes, the kids are arguing and complaining, and you get to work only to realize that you forgot your coffee! It is not even 9am and you are ready for the day to be over. Sometimes it is just “one of those days”. But maybe for you it has been one of those weeks, or maybe even one of those years. Whatever the situation, you find yourself in, I want to ask you this…

What if you didn’t struggle?

Usually, when we find ourselves in the midst of a struggle we really don’t want to be there. However, thinking back on my life, where I am now, and who I am today, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have times of struggle. Oftentimes struggles are seen as something negative, but what I’ve found is that struggles are where we find our strength. It is our human tendency to gear towards comfort, but in the times that we don’t have it, we are left with a choice. Do we embrace the uncomfortable, the pain, and the struggle acknowledging the purpose, strength, beauty that can come from it, or do we resist and try to control the change?

Change is critical in your walk with God. If you are not changing and becoming more like Him, then you are not moving forward in the Kingdom. Without trials there is no change. Oftentimes we don’t change or submit to the change until the pain outweighs the fear. We need to learn to see that difficult times are an invitation to grow.

James 1:2-4 says:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (NIV)

Don’t complain about pain – there is a purpose in it. There is a strength. Praise God through the pain because it is a reminder that you can’t go through without Him.

“His power is made perfect in our weakness.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

God wants to show himself strong on our behalf. He is faithful and He is good and He is worthy of praise – no matter what our circumstances may be. Keep the faith. Hold to the promises and who God has shown Himself to be.

The question shouldn’t be, “what if you didn’t struggle?”, but instead, “What if you held on to the truth of who God is in the midst of your struggle?” When in times of struggle, be real about your pain, but don’t lose sight of the truth of who God is and His promises.

 

Brittany is a writer, speaker, dancer, and abolitionist who is passionately pursuing the purpose God placed on her life to bring the broken to restoration and to a recognition of redemption. She desires to raise up a generation of women who are healed, healthy, and wholeheartedly devoted to God and to His plans and purposes for their lives. Visit Brittany’s website at gracedwithglory.org

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