It is very likely that most of us have experienced serious physical and/or emotional pain, issues or thorns in the flesh. (II Corinthians 12:7) And when it weakens us, it really hurts and sends one to a place where it is almost unbearable. It is no easy matter. But, it is possible to work one’s way through pain and struggle. The challenge is great . . . but one can overcome to be able to perform, contribute, or offer something to the world and do it through the struggle!
Overcoming has more to do with attitude than anything else. Determination, fortitude, faith, and desire are all elements of working through the struggle. And they are all summed up and captured in a word from the Apostle Paul who says it better than most, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 3:14 NKJV) That is attitude!
“I can’ is the one powerful attitude that catapults us with a resolve to work through whatever there is that comes, struggles of life, including weakness and pain, to do, to give, to sacrifice, to offer something to others and make a difference in the world. Emotions, sorrows, aches, physical ailments, challenges, all of them can be overcome by ‘I can’ with an eye upon God for strength.
The Apostle even suggests that things are not overcome by giving in to them, but by trusting God for strength ‘with the thorn(s)’ present because “. . . He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV Sufficient merely means that Jesus has enough of what we need to make it with the struggle.
Everyone is living through something . . . decide today what you will live through your ‘something’ and watch your weakness become strength! You will boast like the Apostle Paul, working through your struggle!
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:13-14 NKJV