Monday, December 20, 2010

Inner Strength

Inner Strength

“Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” – Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman

Getting up today, we may have felt that we needed more strength than we believe we possess. Along with our daily ritual of taking good care of ourselves, tending to our many obligations, going to our meetings, we often begin to feel overwhelmed, incapable of taking on anything more – even unable to handle what we have with any sense of accomplishment. We wish and pray for inner strength.

Let’s think about this for a minute. What are we but the sum of what we do, the trials we face, the actions we take to deal with life’s daily troubles, pain, challenges, joy and opportunities? If it is true that troubles surmounted make us stronger, then we should be really strong by now, right? All joking aside, we do get stronger as the result of doing. Whether we act and our decision turns out to be faulty, we have still learned something. When our actions result in a successful resolution of a problem or trouble, longstanding or temporary, minor or major, we have gained something in the process. That something is inner strength.

Think, then, of inner strength as a pitcher filling up with water. We add to our supply by doing. The more we do, the more we learn – and the greater our inner strength.

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