We all struggle. That's life. It's hard!! Each day brings new challenges. But "morning by morning, new mercies I see!" My Papa has told me numerous times that "being a Christian is not easy." And he is definitely right.
Former President and Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt would have
agreed with my Papa. Good ol' Teddy said, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."
You may have thought Mr. Roosevelt was talking about the apostle Paul. As the author of 14 out of 27 books in the New Testament, Paul shared a few times what it meant to have a "bad day." He endured no sleep, no food, no water, no clothing, three shipwrecks, three beatings with rods, one stoning, and five beatings with cat o'nine tails (39 lashes each) (2 Corinthians 11:24-27). Yet, Paul insisted for us to "rejoice in the Lord always!" (Philippians 4:4).
Do Everything! (click here to hear the song and watch the video, "Do Everything" by Steven Curtis Chapman)
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
So, like Paul, God has blessed me with a unique burden. And I embrace it as my ministry. My little Caroline's condition weighs heavy on my heart. I don't hide this. Instead, I share it with everyone I meet. But I have a responsibility to live for Christ and to gracefully endure the effort, pain, and difficulty. Moreover, it is not an option, but an obligation to suffer well. For I know that God will not give me more than He will help me handle one step at a time.
This is my life. And I live it for His glory, by His grace, through His strength.