You may think you’re pretty good as you are, but the truth is that there are areas in each of our lives which need to change. He sees something special in you that He wants to refine to make you shine.
But why does He bother? Because He wants to use you to touch the lives of others. There will always be someone walking behind you on life’s journey, watching your life and in need of your particular, special wisdom..
So He works with us and trains us so we can lose the plump, caterpillar body we waddle around in to become butterfly models of overcoming to those around us.
God sends mentors to help you grow
Read Joshua 1: 1-9 from the translation of your choice.
Joshua spent most of his younger life in the shadow of Moses. He learned how t lead by watching the example of Israel’s greatest leader. He also learned about God at Moses feet. Yet he still lacked confidence when it came time for him to take the reins of leadership. God had to tell him 9 times in that first chapter to be strong and very courageous!
Think back to the Christians who helped you in your journey. God placed them in your path to teach and guide you.He even encouraged you Himself through the Scriptures. When you’re ready, He will place you in the path of others to teach and guide. It’s the way He works.
He disciplines us to bring out our best
Read Hebrews 12: 1-12
God continually works with us, training us and disciplining us so we can become strong. Usually strength comes from adversity. Look at the butterfly – it is through its struggle to get free of the cocoon that the fluid is forced out of its body and into its wings making them strong and sturdy enough for flight.
In the same way, He uses the struggles of our lives to strengthen us. No one likes to go through pain, but struggles are a part of life. Everyone has them. How we deal with them will make all the difference. When we lean into Him and work through them, we change like the caterpillar until we are no longer emotionally chained to the struggle. We learn to soar. Then others see what God has done in our lives and will desire it too. Without even realizing it, we are beginning to mentor them in their spiritual growth process.
He motivates us with His eternal love and life.
The truth is, if we are comfortable in our struggles, we will never change because change hurts! Growth hurts.And we will normally try to avoid hurt at all costs.. But when we hurt so bad we can’t stand it in our struggles, He shows us a better way, giving us hope and the will to change.
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” Anonymous“