As I sat in a classroom the other day, I was struck by a simple, yet profound, truth – our struggles are never wasted. Five years ago, when I was sitting in my college Algebra class (with my hand covering my tears,) if you had said I would be a Math tutor one day, I would have laughed out loud – seriously! I mean, even now, in our upper learning center where I work, there is a joke – if it’s a Math problem ask Mr. Taylor, if it’s English, ask Mrs. Brown. Truth. And, honestly, I have been super with that. However, God had another plan, and it involved my dislike of numbers. I knew this as soon as I looked up at the problems I had worked through with a struggling student. You see, because I know what it is like to battle mathematics, I understand every frustrated tear falling down my sweet student’s face. I get it. And she can tell. As we work our way through, I see the loving hand of my Father teaching me He is always working things out for our good. Every difficulty we face, each weakness we muddle through, and all the battles we fight will be filled with potential to bring Him glory. And yes, I know all-too-well the struggle is real. Yet, when we are weak, His strength is made perfect. God will use our inadequacies, weaknesses, and areas of difficulty to make us better encouragers, better teachers, better friends, better human beings. Remember, struggles are never wasted if we allow them to be used – for real.
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