2 Corinthians 11:24-28
24: From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one
25: Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep
26: In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren
27: in wilderness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness
28: Besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
For everyone who like me, has a vocabulary of a toddler: The definition of perils is to be in serious and immediate danger.
In this passage, apostle Paul (who is my absolute hero) discuss the struggles he experienced to complete his destiny, his mission and his life dream. A dream to spread the good news throughout Asia. A mission to make sure that all the churches he planted received the right teachings.
Isn’t it how we should live our lives? With that of resiliency and mindset? Doing anything possible to reach our dreams and desires. Waking up every day and fight for what we believe in. Living better lives for the next generation. Allowing our lights to shine through us for our loved ones to be happy. Or even that stranger in the grocery store who needs a little to hold on.
Apostle Paul is my hero, not because of his extreme resiliency, but I know now that love lead him to do carry on despite what he went through. This is demonstrated by the following verse. Acts 14:19-20
19: Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
20: However, when the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city. And the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.
He got stoned because of his beliefs, to a point of being nearly dead. But still, after being prayed for, he rose up and went back into the city, probably still preaching the gospel before he departed. That’s love.
Paul, like most of us, experienced tremendous stumbling blocks on our way to reach our goals. We, like Paul should dig deep into ourselves and show tremendous resilience to keep on going.
I do not have much advice on this piece, but what I can do say is that you have to dig deep and never give up. Whether you are a dedicated Christian, family man or someone like me, a person with big dreams. You can do this and you have to dig deep.
The end will be worth it.