Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Playing Tug of War with Our Internal Struggles

“If you resolve to do what you ought, that is, to suffer and die to yourself, things will go better with you and you will find peace.” (Imitation of Christ)

by M. J. Joachim
Reflecting on the above statement gives me pause. I mean, who truly wants to suffer and die, right? Yet, we all face obstacles, deal with disappointment and get our feelings hurt in this life. No one is immune from the human experience, complete with each emotion that goes with it.

We all have faults, and some of them are very hard to deal with – not only for ourselves, but also for those who have to put up with us. Doing what we ought requires an internal battle to take place, a tug of war capable of knocking us down when we least expect it.

Ever watch or play a good game of tug of war, btw? Both sides go back and forth in an intense and oftentimes brutal struggle. Several people, each pulling with everything they’ve got. One person loses their footing, while another picks up the slack to support his team member. The other team tries desperately to take advantage of the weak spot, until finally, one team has waged the war too long, and simply can’t hold on any longer.

So it is when we resolve to do what we ought against our own faults and shortcomings. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose. As long as we don’t give up, we continuously become stronger, each time we play the game, and each victory we win, gives us peace in our hearts.

Best of the day to you all,
M. J.

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