ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Be Encouraged in the Struggle
Today you may say, “I’ve taken all I can stand and I can’t stands no more!” You may feel like giving up, quitting, calling it off, giving in, telling that person off, stopping, maybe even ending it all. No simple words can make the suffering and struggles go away. It is so easy to feel as if nobody understands what you are going through or can put themselves in your shoes. All you want is for the struggles and the pain to STOP. You don’t even know where your suffering begins and your struggles end.
Let me quickly help with that by defining the difference between the two.
SUFFERING – those things that we are submitted, forced, endured, subjected to, or damaged by; labored under, or things we have sustained loss by. The source of suffering can either be uncontrollable, from other people or from the consequences of our own actions like falling down the stairs or being fired for stealing at work. No one escapes it and no one hides from it. (i.e. abuse, murder, cancer, job loss, betrayal, etc.)
STRUGGLING – what we do in the strenuous and sometimes violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition in the midst of our suffering. The things we do when we are in pain (suffering) to get through the pain. (i.e. crying, yelling, worrying, angry with God, praying, depressed, controlling, trying to fix, giving up, numb self, overeat, etc.)
Suffering happens and often, we struggle based on our feelings regarding that suffering. Every day, we miss opportunities, dismiss relationships based of our pain, knock out our potential and push back dreams because of our fears, assumptions and thoughts that go round and round in our heads that may or may not be true because we do not test them with reality.
Be encouraged to be okay with the process of struggling. There is always a purpose for the pain. God is capable of rescuing us from suffering but He may allow suffering to come for reasons we cannot understand right now. Although it hurts so much, it reflects some deeper issues of what may be happening inside. Also remember that your FEELINGS are only indicators and have absolutely no power. Feelings alone cannot make you or anyone else do anything or be anything. Feel what you feel then hold on to the truth.
Don’t give up because of what you are feeling at this moment. You are so much better than that.
You can do this!
As always, if you have questions, comments, suggestions on topic areas or would like to share some of your story, please email me at email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm
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