Famous Black Abolitionist, Educator and Orator, Frederick Douglass wisely stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”Most people only remember that portion of his famous statement regarding the state of African-Americans and the struggle for equality that has ensued for years. Most people only lay hold to the gravity of inevitability of eventual“Progress, Development or the Advancement portion of Douglass’s statement.” But, rarely do we like to focus on the“Struggle, the Fight, the Scuffle and the Strength,”that one must have in order to reach the phase of “Progression.” So, it is not only prudent and practical to consider all of what Frederick Douglass stated, but it is wise to apply his final words to our memories.
Allow me to enlighten you. Douglass ended his statement by saying, “Those who profess to want the favor of freedom and yet, don’t understand the reason for agitation, are the equivalent of those who want crops and the reward of a great harvest without taking the time to work on plowing the ground. In essence, these sorts of people want rain without thunder or lightening!”
This is so true of many of us today. Most of us run from any type of pressure. This is why so many relationships fail. It’s not always because of infidelity, abuse or being unequally yoked according to scripture. No, my brothers and sisters, oftentimes, it’s because we have no desire to go through the pressure of building something long-lasting for fear that we may be wrong in the end. It’s not always the house, the car or the furniture that needs replacing. Most of the time it’s the lack of patience that we have in: restoring, refurbishing and rehabilitating things that could be fixed, yet, we are quick to replace them with “newer models,” that will eventually have the same problems!
I need you to know it’s not always the church, the business or the community that you need to run away from. Oftentimes, it’s the maturity to develop a “Stick-With-It,”mentality so that the pressure you’ve experienced can generate the productivity that you have long awaited. Before you throw in the towel; close the books on the situation; leave something for half-dead; run away or even throw the baby out with the bath-water, please consider the wisdom of Frederick Douglass. The essence of his statement is simply this: Don’t fight it, just face it! Why??? Because eventually……… “Pressure Generates Productivity!”
Yours in Christ,
“Impacting Lives for the Cause of Christ!”