BENEFITS OF STRUGGLING

 

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

 

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

 

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

 

Neither happened!

 

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a

swollen body and shriveled wings.

 

It never was able to fly.

 

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from 

the cocoon.

 

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could 

have been.

 

And we could never fly.

 

I think in life we discover our true strength only in times when being strong is the only choice we have left.

Face your fears, face your obstacles for they are there to serve you to make you stronger in the end, be thankful for them and hope for bigger challenges because that means you are great enough to face them

I know of no other way that leads to self discovery other than crossing my personal lines and limits to discover where they are and what I am made of.

Restful night,

Rob

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