I think I was about seven years old when I first started to earn an allowance.  My chores consisted of sweeping the kitchen and making my bed. I was then presented with three dollars for having completed my tasks. Though it may not seem like much, at seven years old, it was a lot of money! There was something about having earned it that made it all the better. It taught me from a young age that you need to work for what you have. The concept of appreciation marinated within and I quickly grasped that anything which required effort would be greatly valued in the end. That concept has carried over in all aspects of my life, though at times it is difficult to remember.

Money is not the only thing you need to work for, but it is a great example that I know will resonate with everyone, because sadly, our society is fueled by the greed of currency. Okay, so now that I have you paying attention, I want you to think about this; day after day you clock in and clock out of work. Some days are easier than others, and on the days that you want nothing more than to call in sick and take a free day, you go to work simply because you have to. Your rent and groceries are riding on that paycheck. You don’t want to do it, but in the end, you’ll be glad you did.

In most cases, you have options regarding where you work. You may not love your job, but you still had the option to work there. Sometimes however, life throws work at us without giving us a choice. Stop and reflect on something difficult you are dealing with in your life right now. Did you choose to struggle with this? Either poor decisions have landed you here, or you are solely a victim having asked for none of it. None the less, no one ever wants to go through times of trials. It is then that you are faced with two options. You can either let your world be consumed by the negative effects that the universe has rained down upon you, or, you can choose to persevere.

This is where the job analogy comes into play. You can decide that you don’t like going to work and resign, but then you are faced with the reality of bills, hunger and no cash to suffice the needs. You may not enjoy your source of income, but at the end of the day, it is all worth it. It is the same principle with perseverance. The difference here however is you can see the bright side only eight hours away when you are diligently working at your nine to five soul sucking job. When faced with life’s calamities, you can’t always see what the outcome will be. That is why faith is so pertinent. You must have faith that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, and know that anything worth having is worth working for.

When I was younger, my mom said to me one of the wisest statements I will forever carry with me. She told me that life is like a cross stitch piece. We see the back side where fabric is a cluster of messy thread and running knots. We see a big mess with no resolution in sight. However, turn it over and there is a beautiful work of art that the chaos has created. That is what God sees. We may not always be able to know the outcome of the events that we must preserver through, but it is important to remember that in the end, it will all have been worth it. No matter what the end result may be, one thing you can always count on is wisdom and strength, because without struggle, neither quality can be gained.


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