Black Spirituality Religion : If You Ever Feel Discouraged - Read This

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

    United States
    Mar 22, 2004
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    Where the Niger meets the Nile
    A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room
    filled with light, and God appeared.

    The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a
    large rock in front of his cabin.

    The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all
    his might. So, this the man did, day after day.

    For many years he toiled from sun-up to sun-down, his shoulders set
    squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock,
    pushing with all of his might.

    Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling
    that his whole day had been spent in vain.

    Since the man was showing much discouragement, the Adversary (Shatan)
    decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind:

    "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it!! hasn't
    moved." Thus, the devil gave the man the impression that the task was
    impossible and that he was a failure.

    These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the old man. Satan said,
    "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the
    minimum effort; and that will be good enough."

    That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a
    matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.
    "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service,
    putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after
    all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter.
    What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

    The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to
    serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push
    against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never
    once did I mention to you that I expected you ! to mo! ve it.

    Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength
    spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at

    The Lord continued, "Your arms are strong and muscled, your back
    sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your
    legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown
    much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.
    True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient
    and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That
    you have done."

    Then the Lord said, "Now, I, my friend, will move the rock."

    At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own
    intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is
    just simple obedience and faith in Him.

    By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that
    it is still God who ! moves the mountains.

    When everything seems to go wrong...just P.U.S.H.!

    When the job gets you down...just P.U.S.H.!

    When people don't do as you think they should...just P.U.S.H.!

    When you can't find the right work...just P.U.S.H.!

    When your money is "gone" and the bills are due...Just P.U.S.H!

    When people just don't understand you...just P.U.S.H.!

    P= Pray

    U= Until

    S= Something

    H= Happens

    Truly, great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and
    impossible to forget!
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2009
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    Thank you for sharing this!

    It was my message and lesson for today and for the coming year.

    I needed this and I'm going to save it and pass it on.

    I've seen the "P.U.S.H." acronym before but I had never seen this story and its message.
  3. queentswana

    queentswana Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Jan 24, 2004
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