CHALLENGES – By Kelvin Chessa

A man found a cocoon of a moth and he took it home so he could watch the moth emerge from it. One day, a small opening...


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A man found a cocoon of a moth and he took it home so he could watch the moth emerge from it. One day, a small opening appeared on the cocoon and the man sat to watch this great event. The moth struggled for several hours trying to force its body through the little hole. Eventually, it seemed like it was not making any progress and it stopped.

Out of his kindness, the man decided to help the moth. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon so the moth could get out. Soon the moth emerged, but it had a swollen body and small shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch the moth; expecting the wings would enlarge and be able to support the body which would eventually contract to its normal size. Neither happened and instead the little moth spend the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. What the man failed to understand is that the resistance from the cocoon and the struggle the moth had to go through to fit through the tiny hole was the Creator’s way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so the moth could fly once free.

Many of us are so afraid of struggle, pain or challenges. Each time we find ourselves in such a place we assume that we’ve been forsaken hence the temptation to fall into despair. We want a smooth life devoid of struggle or any kind of hardship that is what we equate to be a blessed life.

Think of a seed, before it grows and bears fruit it must overcome all sorts of obstacles because it must first be buried in the ground. Challenges are not your enemy, they are your friend. They are there to grow your faith and to build you up. Like they say at the gym; no pain, no gain.

What challenges are before you today? Don’t pray them away,face them head on because just like the moth in our story, the challenges will strengthen your wings giving you the ability to soar higher. Don’t be a cry baby, don’t be soft, allow yourself to be moulded shaped through the challenges you face in life, then you will be able to say you indeed are more than a conqueror.

Practical application:
Face challenges head on; they are there to grow you and not to destroy you.

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