“I never really had the classic struggle.
I had faith."
— Denzel Washington
[Classic post from 2-27-11]
In looking at some quotes about the struggle that I might relate to, this one jumped off the page. I made note of it and have finally come back to it again. It sounds sort of flippant, and in your face on one hand, and potentially so full of simplistic wisdom on the other. I have come to think it is the latter.
This quote causes me to ask questions. First, if there is sufficient faith, is struggling even still a possibility? If one is absolutely and unshakeable in their confidence in the outcome, is a failure even a possibility? It seems to me that struggle indicates insufficient faith, otherwise, it wouldn't be struggling because struggle indicates fighting against, or overcoming something that is hindering us. And, it seems to me that failure is not an option, or rather not even a possibility when there is unshakeable confidence. Unshakeable confidence is success.
It reminds me of a famous bible verse from Mark 11:24, “therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." The key is not asking, it is believing you already have them. If you already have them, that would be a success. Therefore, there is no struggle or failure either.
And, don't you know it, just as I do, that the believing part is the part we struggle with if there is to be any struggle. It is not the struggle of the task, the project, growing the business, or doing anything mentally or physically. It is the struggle of our willingness or our strong desire to believe that what we ask for, or desire is truly ours for the asking. We then stick in all kinds of rationalizations, reasons why and all sorts of explanations that keep us from the simplicity of just choosing to believe.
It's a funny and interesting dilemma. . .
Maybe We'll Call It The Struggle To Believe . . .
Spread Some Joy Today–think of every time you struggle or stress over anything. Liken that to swimming upstream against the current. Now, stop swimming, and just let the river carry you downstream. Everything you want is downstream.