"If for a while the harder you try the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived."
No man hath afflicion enough, that is not matured and ripened by it, and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current moneys, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it Another may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell that tells me of his affliction, digs out, and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger, I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
God gave burdens, also shoulders.
If someone says to you 'life is hard', ask them 'compared to what?'
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man made perfect without trials.
If the Giver gives you a hill to plough, donít level it.
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Fatherís full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
But it won't be a miracle that changes him. Gold never becomes pure of its own accord; it's the fire that makes the difference.
I think in times of struggles we often know HOW to carry on we just want reinforcment that we should, The WHY. That people care, and that the things we've been doing in the past are worth keeping up with in the future.