Celebrating the struggle

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2013

“Life has meaning only in the struggle,

Victory or defeat is in the hand of God,

So let us celebrate the struggle.”- Swahili proverb

Today author Stephen Mansfield (Healing Your Church Hurt) presents and discusses his fifth and final question designed to help us find life in the midst of our adversity.

5.  During the bruising season, what fed your inspiration and your dreams?  The author states that the key to becoming whole now is “facing the reality of that painful season when it felt as though you were in a sandstorm with no skin.”  Yet, as we consider our days of loneliness and heartache, we most likely are able to recall moments that made a difference for us, strengthened us, and gave us purpose.  Those moments, Stephen asserts, can also fuel us as we revision and revitalize our calling.

Stephen encourages us by stating that this will begin to happen when we start steeping our souls “in the themes that make (us) noble and fierce of faith and more passionate for God.”  We cannot allow our passion for Jesus and His calling on our lives to die.  As Albert Einstein once said: “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.”

As the author concludes, our “inspiration can come in many ways, but the art is to know it, to feed on it, and to let it propel you not just out of the pit but to the heights of your life.”

Today’s question: During your desert, transformational time, what moments have fueled your passion for God’s calling?

Tomorrow’s blog: “It ain’t ever gonna happen!”

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Dave Henning

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