‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again…’ Proverbs 24:16 NKJV
Solomon writes: ‘Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.’ (Proverbs 14:4 NLT) If you insist on always having a nice neat barn, you’ll have an empty barn. If you want a big harvest, you’ll need a big ox with a big appetite who creates big messes. For example, if you decide to have children you’ll have lots of joy, and lots of messes to clean up. Within minutes, children can take a house that looks like it belongs in a magazine and make it look like a hurricane has just past through it. So you’ve an option: live by yourself and enjoy a less complicated life, or accept the problems that come with having a family. Even in the dictionary, the words striving and struggle come before the word success. Dr. John Maxwell says, ‘At some point you have to make a transition from believer of the dream, to buyer of the dream. No dream comes true without somebody paying for it.’ And part of the price you will have to pay is in learning from the mistakes you make. You can attend every success seminar, read every success manual and follow every success mentor, but the price must always be paid in messes and mistakes. There isn’t a single person in the world who has achieved anything without paying a price for it. Some pay with their lives or their freedom. Others pay by giving up options or finances or relationships. But one way or another, everybody pays.
SoulFood: Zech 5–8, Matt 1:6b–11, Ps 113 Pro 31:14–17
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