To struggle and to suffer are two very different things

Struggle is a wonderful thing, I've come to understand. It is the channel for growth, change, renewal, and birth. To struggle means to...

By our Mentor Danie Davis


To struggle and to suffer are two very different things.


Every person is walking a path with twists and turns and various directions, and during each journey the seasons come a go in every aspect of life. There are ups and there are downs, there are Springs and there are Winters, and for every living thing there is growth in each struggle.


Struggle is a wonderful thing, I've come to understand. It is the channel for growth, change, renewal, and birth. To struggle means to exert much strength and effort to obtain, defend and preserve; to act or move with great labor to obtain an end goal or desire.


Suffering means to be affected or injured by a circumstance or experience. It includes sorrow, pain, scarring, loss, distress, and want.

Yes, it is true that suffering can be present in struggle, but it doesn't have to always be that way.

Take a moment and think of tree rings. The rings are a blueprint of the life of a tree, showing the ups and downs in the rhythm of life. There are certainly days of plenty, and days of hardship. There are scars left by fires and other living things making their mark upon the tree. Each year, as the tree continues to grow, these marks and those that signify the seasons of growth and drought don't disappear, they become an inner structure of the tree, adding strength and magnificence to it's structure.


Each of us have inside, written upon our souls, our own book of life that is very similar to the rings of a tree, and unique to each individual. The struggles that bring growth in times of plenty as well as want, and the scars from the sufferings we experience make us who we are.


As we continue to walk forward, there are always choices to be made - small and great. With each and every choice there will ALWAYS be a yielding AND and resisting.


Remember this when you come to a moment of choice. Choose to yield to struggle because that leads to growth and progression, and choose to resist wavering and forsaking your onward journey, whatever that may look like from day to day.


Suffering exists from time to time within struggle, wavering, and forsaking. But there is JOY to be found in the struggle, and peace available that passes all understanding.


Christ is my JOY in struggle. He is my strength when I start to waver. He is my courage when I am afraid and want to forsake my dreams and my desires.


I am who I am because of Him and because of the beautiful process that struggle is.

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