We all have a cross. Carry it. Don’t bury it. Don’t drag it. Carry it.

“We all have a cross. Carry it. Don’t bury it. Don’t drag it. Carry it.” – Mother Angelica

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 – or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

As we look back on our life, we see it as a movie playing on a television. Some scenes, we smile and laugh, others we put our hands over our mouth as we cringe, wondering, how did we get through that? How is it that I’m still here? How am I not more broken than I appear to be, than I feel? And, for some of us, it will be an experience much like we are watching somebody else’s life.

But, what if we choose to see our life’s movie reel in a different light? What if we choose to see the hard times as fruitful blessings in our life?

We have all been given a thorn in our flesh. Some people will complain, some people will feel bad for themselves, some people will wonder what it is that they may have done to deserve the ailments that preside in daily living.

All of the above, are not suggestions that will help you to live a fruitful life. Whatever your thorn is, ask God why is it that you have it and what is the meaning for it. You were chosen to get a specific thorn and or thorns by God. Jesus needs you to do something in this life that no one else can do besides you. Instead of looking at life like, “why me?” pick up your cross and carry it, don’t drag it, don’t complain about it, find out what it is that God created for you to do.

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