Are you going to let the struggle “make you” or “break you?”

Businesswoman pulling stone on the hill

Some people who read my blog posts can identify with my struggles—others people may read and feel they have it much harder. They may think it’s some sort of competition to who has the worse battle scars.

After a conversation with a friend, I realized something: we all have it tough. All of us struggle—even the ones who you always see with a smile on their faces.

Right now, I’ve got some very challenging issues I am dealing with. I’ve got some moves to make and I battle with the negative voices of, “do I have what it takes?”

We all have tough situations we are in.

What I am learning is it’s what you do with the struggle that will determine your future.

Are you going to just lay down and take it?

That’s right I’m asking you outright, what are you going to do with the struggle?

There are only two options:

Give up or endure…

You many think option one is your only hope because you can’t see how anything good can come from it. Maybe you feel like you are at the end of your rope and you should just let it go. Then you could sit on the couch watch tv, drink alcohol and pretend your struggles are the reason you aren’t achieving your goals. After the short-term relief gained from checking out of reality you will be really pissed at yourself. The guilt and shame from the enemy has you feeling even worse than you did before. Not progressing and the cycle of setting goals but giving up in the process feels like crap. I spent several years doing this.

In retrospect, without the struggle I would’ve never done anything to “take action.” What you do with the struggle is like this: trying to walk up a hill with a heavy bucket of water while at the same time a huge rock is tumbling down towards you.

If things were easy, there would be no urgent reason to act. When you are like me and you have lots of tough decisions to make and are unsatisfied with the progression of your life, you have to start moving in the direction you want to be.

This is not some self-help mambo jumbo.

 Your world is not going to end just because you make mistakes along the way. You can fall down and get back up…

My process looks like a nuclear apocalypse right now, but I know ALL things are working together for my good!

Being stressed and impatient will only intensify the problem. Things can turn around. This moment of struggle and how I handle it is a part of my test. Once you learn to change your perspective about the struggle, the struggle that you thought would take you out will be worked out for your good—the devil means it for your destruction, but God means it for your good.

 Who are you going to believe?

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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