Friday, November 15, 2013

Thick Skin, Amen

 “Your potential in life is equal to the pain you're willing to endure.” - Craig Groeschel 

“Thick skin, amen.”  This was one of the most profound statements I’d ever heard.  If you’ve ever shaken my hand then you’ll notice that I have calluses.  However, what you won’t notice about that handshake is that the calluses represent the time, sweat, and pain that I’ve earned through weightlifting for the last decade.  My hands may never be soft again, but that’s OK because I’ve pushed some serious weight around and I’ve gotten a heck of a lot stronger.  Most will never suffer to the degree Christ did—we won’t be beaten, imprisoned, spat on, or crucified.  Yet you have probably experienced people betray you, slander you, or lie to you.  These can even be people in the church.  Realize that your pain in not in vain, you are growing thick skin.  You are becoming stronger than ever before.  In life you have to keep a tender heart for helping people, for giving and receiving love, yet embrace your thick skin for when people fail you, because they certainly will.  Ask God to help you grow thick skin so that He can begin to use you and bless you all the more. Thick skin, amen. 

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, (Romans 5:3, ESV).

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