For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasing; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (RSV)
Thought for the Day: With God’s help, we can make it through the struggle.
Our family went bike riding after much urging by our four year old son. Our oldest son and husband took the lead, followed by the four year old on his bike with training wheels, and I stayed in the back to keep an eye on the youngest. As we rode up hills, down hills, and on straight ways I watched. I watched this little boy, whose bike wasn’t made to coast, as he peddled every inch of the way keeping up with his brother and daddy. The last section of our ride had an uphill grade that was difficult as we worked toward our final destination, home. Our little boy worked so hard but occasionally had to stop to rest. My husband and I looked at each other a couple of times thinking he wasn’t going to be able to make it all the way home. We urged him and gave him a little push when he struggled. After some time, he made it. Through perseverance and true will, he made it all the way home. He was tired, and asked to go to bed as soon as we got home, but he made it.
As I reflect over our sweet son and the struggle he had on that bike ride, I look at the struggles we have in our lives. Sometimes the struggles seem to be difficult and there is a part of us that wants to give up, but God wants us to continue to the end. He also wants us to lean on Him when we feel weak knowing He will give us the push we need to make it through.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving us the assurance that You will always be with us through our struggles. Please keep our minds and hearts set on you as we travel in this life. Help us know, that with perseverance, we can make it home. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAKE IT