Before Jesus left his disciples he warned them about the world, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33. Jesus did not live for himself but for the glory of God, and when he thus live for God’s glory he met with many troubles and finally was killed (though he rose again on the third day). He called every person to follow him for he alone was the way to the father. If Jesus experienced trouble in the world everyone will also face challenges in the world. Trouble does not only come to those who break the law of the land or those who do wrong things. As long as we are trying to live for the glory of God, that means as long as we try to live our purposes out, the way God had created us to live, we will face trouble. I saw a clip on youtube by Rocky Balboa that sends this message in modern terms.
by Rocky Balboa
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!