Embrace the Struggle

Embrace the Struggle

“Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’” – Genesis 32:28 Happy New Year! I’m a firm believer in setting my mind and focusing my attention on my goals, which at this time of year is commonly called making resolutions. Though many of us partake in this January ritual, the truth is that few of us will make it beyond February. To understand more about the reason why, I want to turn your attention to the nation of Israel, more specifically to their name. Did you know that Israel actually means “struggles with God?” The name is taken from a specific account in the book of Genesis in which Jacob wrestled with the Lord’s angel and was renamed Israel. We’ll talk more about that later, but for today, I want to point out

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Embrace the Struggle

“…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, 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 12:9,10 Yesterday we talked about two important truths we can internalize as we focus on our best days being ahead of us: anything is possible and there will be suffering required to get there. Today, I want to convince you that going after your dream is worth the struggle! Just like being healthy means that you have to exercise a little bit every day, being the kind of person who embraces amazing possibilities requires that you expect trouble. In fact, beyond expecting it, I will go so far as to say that you can and should embrace it. I want you

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