Preparing a sermon several years ago I came across the following quote which meant a great deal to me and continues to impact my life. The quote is by Chris Browning.
Father, I have been so slow to acknowledge the worth of life’s unpleasantries, disillusionments, discouragements, rejection. Rather than releasing them all to Your capable care, I have relived over and over again, the pain and failure of the past and the frustrations of the present.
Today, Father, I can finally see how You are sweetly, patiently showing me that I must learn to die. Die to my fretful childhood, to unfortunate circumstances, to irritations and inconsistencies in myself and others, to sadness, pain, depression and loss, to all the every-day dealings of life. To look beyond the immediate drudge and see the ultimate glow of Christ formed in me.
Romans 8:18 “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”