Life is largely about how you interpret your struggles. Steven Furtick

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” …for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

I want to talk to you for a moment about your “thorn” – the issue or situation in your life that just won’t go away. I want you to think about that area of your life that is the source of your greatest frustration.

Maybe you feel like if you were free from this thing, you could be a happier person, a better parent, a more exemplary Christian, etc. Perhaps you’ve even come to God repeatedly about the struggle, and it’s still there.

When you’ve lived with a weakness long enough, it can start to feel like maybe there’s something defective about you. But life is largely about how you interpret your struggles.

Paul mastered the art of interpreting life through the lens of the lessons God was teaching him. He learned that the sensation of weakness is really an indication of an opportunity for growth.

Instead of running from frustration, it’s time for you to face it. Instead of praying for the problem to be removed, embrace the answer — God’s grace and strength. Ask Him to use your struggle for His glory and to produce according to His purpose in your life.

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