Each week, Bec and Jeziel ask local leaders and pastors, to share an inspirational message.
Brian Harris, from Avenir Leadership Institute, talked about setting realistic expectations. He was listening to a podcast by Dr Alia Crum about the difficulties she experience while completing her PhD. She reached a point in her studies that was impossibly difficult and she thought she would never get through it. She was studying late at night when her friend walked in and noticed how distressed she was. They said “It’s a cold, dark night in Everest”, then walked out of the room. At the time she thought it was strange, but soon realised what they meant.
If you are climbing Mount Everest you can’t expect it to be easy – there will be cold, dark nights. Similarly, earning a PhD is not a simple task, it is normal to be stressed and persevere through hardships. If you expect something to be easy then you will be thrown by the first challenge that comes your way, but if you expect something to be difficult and are faced with a challenge, you take a deep breath and try your best to get through.
In Matthew 28:20 Jesus said, “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus said he will send us into the world to tell the people about him, that it was going to be difficult and there will be suffering. But don’t worry because He will always be with you until the end.
“I need to aim for worthy things in life, but sometimes it will be difficult to achieve them and that’s okay. If I am a follower of Jesus I have the promise as well that he will be with me. Some things I am going to attempt will be so difficult that I will never be able to make it without the presence of Jesus. “
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