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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress"

This quote has resonated with me since the first time I read it. The first time I read it was during my first semester in college, which at the time was the hardest time in my life. I was only three hours away from home, family, and friends, and yet it felt like I was a world away and so alone. Coming from a homeschooling environment to a big leap like that was pretty intense. I believed I was ready for it, but I quickly learned that being this far from home so soon without knowing any of my new classmates and lacking the confidence to step out and try new things was not the position I wanted to be in. That first semester will always stick out because it was the semester I found out that my parents were separating. They'd been together more than half of their lives and for the entirety of my and my siblings' lives. Needless to say, my world was turned upside down. It felt like nothing in my life was going well, and I was angry at the world. I turned to God and often questioned why is this happening to my family and me. I'd never thought or faced anything like this in my entire life.

I wasn't sure of His plan or purpose at this time. I'd begun been reading more scripture and praying more, trying to get closer to Him in hopes of understanding or comprehending why this was happening. Then I saw the quote by Frederick Douglas in the library that said, "if there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and get deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain, thunder, and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one or a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical one; but it must be a struggle." I believe that was my sign from my Lord and Savior reassuring me that this is not the end of my world and this will not break the man that I am, rather it will make the man I am supposed to become. I will never forget that moment, and that quote will never lose its importance in my life because it comforted me at the lowest point in my life, and it coincides with the mission that this nonprofit embodies. "Pain is inevitable; make it Beneficial."

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