Working with students (and their families) is something that brings me great joy. There’s nothing like working alongside people to help them reach their goals, or to put them on the path to reaching their goals. In some ways, I like to think that part of my responsibility with my work is to create opportunity–to help them navigate paths and open doors that lead to many opportunities.
What I find challenging in this work is that more and more, I’m faced with students (and parents) who believe that opportunities come without resistance. That things should be easy and without challenge–and that if there IS any sign of opposition then the opportunity must not be for them.
That frustrates me. And it makes me sad.
The idea that things must always be easy and without challenge is a lie that is fed to us to keep us from reaching our full potential. The second that things get difficult, we’re ready to quit- and when we quit, we lose the opportunity to become more than we are in that moment.
I’ve heard Pastor Steven Furtick say it like this: “What has not been tested cannot be trusted.” I’ve heard Preacherman say it like this: “There is no victory without opposition.”
In my own life, I’ve found that resistance is a sign that I’m on the right track. It’s a sign that I’m pushing for a higher level, an increased capacity. And the result is that, I get stronger. I get better. My faith increases and deepens. But that doesn’t make it easy. When you start working out and you exercise and strengthen your muscles, you feel a pain and tension. But if you (when you) keep going, the pain and tension goes away, leaving you stronger and equipped to handle more.
Lord, help us to embrace resistance, knowing that as You call us, You equip us. Help us to trust Romans 8:28- that in ALL things You work for the good of those who love You and are called according to your purpose. -Amen
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!