June 21

Today's quotation:

Do not pray for easy lives.  Pray to be stronger people!
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.
Pray for power equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks

Today's Meditation:

What really happens to us when we set our sights too low?  What happens to us when we seek the easiest way through our tasks or problems rather than facing challenges head-on?  What do we become when we try to seek out the way that reflects back to us our low expectations of ourselves rather than showing us the tremendous potential that exists in every single one of us?

If I ask for ease rather than challenges, I'll never grow to be a stronger person.  A runner who never pushes past an easy pace will never improve his or her speed--it's only in the difficult parts that one develops speed and stamina.  A police officer or fireman who only experiences very easy calls for years will have a very hard time dealing with difficult calls when they start coming in, only because he or she never has had to push him or herself to the limits of possibility.

There are very real results of lives of ease.  They tend to be boredom and listlessness and lack of purpose.  We see that drug and alcohol abuse is just as prevalent among the wealthy who live these lives of ease as it is among the poor.

Pray for challenges and pray for the strength to meet those challenges, and you'll find that your strength grows a lot.  So the next time a challenge arises it will be easier to deal with.  And if it's a more difficult challenge next time, your strength will have grown so that you can face the challenge effectively and grow some more.

The easy life almost never helps us to grow.  Challenges will come to all of us, and we need to develop our strength so that we can meet those challenges more effectively.

Questions to consider:

Why might we have problems dealing with the challenges in life?

What do you pray for--an easier life or greater powers to meet life's difficulties?  Why?

What are some of the effects that you've noticed of an easy life?

For further thought:

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer

  

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