Dealing with Your Thorn in the Flesh

“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering”–Augustine.

“God will mend a broken heart if you give him all the pieces”–Aesop.

“Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited. I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ 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 persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”–2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity”–Reed Markham.

“Researchers have discovered that resilient people view tasks as challenges and opportunities for growth rather than as threats. A psychiatrist who interviewed 750 Vietnam War POWs identified ten critical elements in resilience: optimism, altruism, having a moral compass, faith and spirituality, humor, having a role model, social supports, facing fear, having a mission in life, and training”–Jim Denison.

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else”–Oswald Chambers.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”–Joshua 1:9

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”–2 Corinthians 4:17.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”–Romans 8:18.

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