“Don’t be ashamed of scars. They simply mean that you’re stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” -Unknown
Strength, inner strength, comes from receiving love as much as it comes from giving it. To be able to receive love is the key to happiness. How can love change us, if we are unable to accept it? This is why we must always strive to show people that they are lovable and worthy.
One day, the Sun and the Wind quarreled about which was the strongest and the Wind said, “I’ll prove that I am. See that old man down there with the coat? I bet I can get his coat off quicker than you can.”
So the Sun went behind a cloud, and the Wind blew until it was almost a tornado. But the harder it blew, the tighter the old man clutched his coat. Finally, the Wind calmed down and gave up.
Then the Sun came out from behind the clouds and smiled kindly on the old man. Presently, he mopped his brow and pulled off his coat. The Sun then told the Wind that gentleness and friendliness are always stronger than fury and force.
God puts chapters in your life. Finish each chapter strong. Finish strong by focusing only on the things in front of you and by not thinking of what lies ahead.
God will give you the strength to finish this day strong. And when tomorrow comes, He will give you the strength to finish it, as well. So focus on today, and be faithful in your chapter.
Before God can use a man greatly, He has to hurt him deeply. God is at work in your disappointment and pain- teaching you a lesson of complete dependence on Him. He may cut you down and remove all the strength you have as a way to prepare you to be used by Him. Remember this during times of trial, and be grateful. The greater the need in your life, the greater God’s glory and provision.
The Christian God is the only one who blesses the poor. All other religions bless the strong. But Jesus died in shame and weakness– OUR shame and weakness! Therefore, God didn’t save us by strength, He saved us through weakness. This is why He blesses the poor and weak.
Beware of your strengths because those are the places you are most likely to forget God.
God doesn’t want to put your talents on display, because that won’t help anybody. He wants to put His power on display through your weaknesses. If dependence is the objective, than weakness is the advantage.
Where has God made you weak?
It’s not about who’s right and who’s wrong. This isn’t judge Judy. Climb over whatever you have to climb to get each other back. He is worth every ounce of fight you have. Fight for this relationship. Sure, what happened wasn’t an accident but it’s not leukemia either.
But one day it might be. And you’ll need each other then. Don’t make a mountain of a little situation because one day, when the mountain comes, you won’t be able to climb it… you won’t have the strength.