We are still in the New Year. Permit me to say this, “MAY YOUR ROAD BE ROUGH”.
You need not say “Amen”. I don’t know how you see or view it, but it is a fact documented by history, that no man achieves greatness without going through one challenge or the other before the glory comes. Not even our Lord Jesus Christ.
I was brought up with this wonderful line by a renowned educationist (now late). At the beginning of the year (especially January 1st) that’s always the prayer. Now whether you say amen, or you reject it, or plead the blood of Jesus, the road to the end of the year will certainly be rough. Even the word of God attests to it in Psalm 23, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…….” You are walking through that valley but God never said we will stay put. See now that the way you see it does not have a part to play?
The rough roads are tough times. Tough times will never cease and no country or man will escape it. What marks you out is what you do with the rough road. Robert Schuller once said, Tough times never last but tough people do. When you hit a rough road, will you abandon your car and walk through the remaining journey? When you encounter failure, will you give up? Our greatest glory is not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall. Proverbs 24:16 tells us, for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again. Trials and challenges prepare a man to manage success. There are no successes in life without tests and trials. These are the rough roads. Anointing oil and fasting alone is not enough. Travel that journey without giving up. Travel 2023 with its rough roads without giving up.
You cannot make omelettes without breaking eggs, throughout the world; there is no paean without pain. The will to win however is what will make us free. Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg address had this line, it is for us the living, rather to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us….. The tasks before humanity is not an easy one. 2023 will certainly not be an exception. Generations before us went through it; prophets before us went through it; the disciples of Jesus were not left out. What gave you the impression that you will not go through rough roads?
The intended statement is that you will go through times that will develop your character. It means you will have experiences and challenges that will help you know how to keep your success when you eventually become successful. Rough road is a metaphor for developmental challenges. There is no gold that is not tested. If it will become real gold to be sold at a great price, it has to go through all the possible tests.
Again I say, “May your road be rough”. If you are not so sure what you should say back, why not just say, “Same to you” to me? Welcome once again to 2023!