Elisabeth Kübler-Ross once said, “the most delightful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Great people do not just happen.”
After reading many stories of great people, I came to realize that behind every greatness there is a great heart-breaking story. Every famous person has a story of a broken family, a broken relationship, a broken dream, a failed endeavour, a bruised career or a tarnished character or reputation.
God’s best blessings are often accompanied with intense pain. We tap into the blessing by either going through painful experiences or by serving those who are going through painful experiences. Greatness is sweet, but it comes at a cost. The road to greatness is costly and troublesome – it demands courage and sacrifice. There is a price to pay before one becomes great. The price rises with the value of greatness to be attained. Greatness will always be in the hands of those willing to pay the asking price in full.
Christ said the road to success is narrow and filled with struggles. Through his own life, Jesus perfectly demonstrated the fact that on the way to greatness we MUST endure great pain, be alienated, be disappointed, cheated upon, and betrayed.Simply put: To get to Success City one must go through Adversity
To me this understanding is inspirational as it is liberating. It tells me that after all it is common for people, yes even for good people, to go through seemingly bad times. In fact, my great struggle is a painful reminder that I’m on my way to a great triumph.
Are you going through troubling times now? Be of good cheer because you belong to an elite class of excellent people. Be invited to hear that you are indeed on your way to success. If you don’t quit, I will see you there…at the summit!