Unless We Are Challenged…

Happy Friday!

Make Me A Legend, Chapter 3

People go crazy over championship contests. Extremely large hordes of obsessive followers stampede their way into the world’s largest venues every time a little guy demonstrates the guts to face a giant. We root loudly for the little guy. We worship the underdog who, against insurmountable odds, brings the giant down. The bigger the challenge, the more we are intrigued. Show us a plot set in epic impossibility, and we are all ears. We relate so well because real life is heaving with challenges—many of them far beyond any easy conquest.

Challenge is defined as “a stimulating task or problem,” “a calling to account or into question,” “an order to halt and prove identity.”ut a real challenge, we lack the opportunity to halt and outwardly exhibit our innermost greatness. Challenge pinpoints our very worst and stirs up our very best. I believe there is something legendary lying dormant inside of every person, and unless we are challenged, we will never know just how amazing we could have been.

Whatever fails to kill us makes us better and stronger. Adversity isn’t supposed to be the end of us; it is merely the backdrop of our defining moments. When we face challenges, our smoldering greatness has a chance to flash out for all to see. So guess what, my friend? Those excruciating challenges you’ve been protesting all this time are not going to kill you! In fact, they have been sent to showcase your greatness! Just hold on and you’ll see. Everything is really working out to your advantage, and after God gets finished turning the current hellish trial into your next big win, the devil will wish he had never laid eyes on you. If he had only known how you would come through this fiery furnace with a promotion, he would have never thrown you down into the flames! This is exactly what the apostle Paul was trying to say in the following verses:

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Now, let’s think about your life and mine for a moment.

How strange that we desire lives without challenge?

We want everything to always run smoothly, don’t we?

When bad things happen, we protest, “Life is not fair!”

But, in our most challenging circumstances, God is proving us…

Isn’t He?

Challenges are not supposed to kill us?

Challenges tell the world who we are, and what we have to offer!

Challenges reveal to us, inner strengths we never knew we had.

So…

Look at your current challenges from another angle.

Wipe off your tears, and smile even if it’s just a little smile.

Plan your comeback, defeat these odds… win this contest!

Because…

On the other side of this, there is a PROMOTION!

I’m praying for you this morning.

Here is the perfect video for today’s message, Elevation Worship: Give Me Faith

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Voi3JM8ZA

Dream Big,

Chuck Balsamo

PS: Update March 2012: We just received 5000 copies of Make Me A Legend second edition! 65% Improvements to the manuscript, it’s unbelievable. Order here.

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8 thoughts on “Unless We Are Challenged…

  1. I, like Bob….needed this on This day and your words (God’s Word), encouraged me to ramp up, to keep up, with the Lord! His plans, for training today, have much more exciting possibilities than my finite, coffee-induced mind could ever “think or imagine”!!! Thank You, Jesus!

  2. I was thinking along these same lines last night while I was trying to go to sleep. It’s not so much about the challenges we face as how we respond to them. Thank you for these timely words. I need to remember that God is in control and He has already won!

  3. Hello My Friend!!!

    Long time, no see. Life has been a roller coaster ride, but from the bittersweet perspective, as the adrenaline rush does the mind good, while nausous feelings nearly arupt with the clashing of excitement and fear. However, I must say that I “digest” the wholesome meals provided by your book, we found a local church that honors our earnest desire to serve. Also, I must say that with this realization, the key principle seems to be to improvise without compromise as we seeks ways to “make a difference” with one life at a time. And, to also realize, acknowledge and accept the fact that every time we choose to make a difference in one life, we are actually impacting all those associated with that one person as if it were a simultaneous line of dominoes.

    Nevertheless, your individuality, your commitment to God and your presence in my life “jump started” my desire to serve in a greater compacity like a dead battery in desperate need of a quick, good charge. Your prophetic mentorship resounds in my spirit and God confirmed what you’ve sown into my spirit through someone else in ministry, by saying a few heartfelt words, ” I am proud of you”. And, by hearing these words, as if it were you standing in front of me telling me this, remembering you writing that, I no longer felt “invalid”.

  4. Challenges! How its always knocking on my door everyday. I believe each of us can do more than we thought. And you right Ps Chuck, unless we are challenged, we will never know how far we can go and how deep we can dig. Been through a lot of challenges since i was a teenagers – and in a quick flash back, i think i got more since i met Jesus. Since that, i have more challenges in lives and i kept trembling, but yet at the end, im always ‘wowed’ to the things i never thought i could passed them. He challenged me to believe in Him – He’s been challenged me to takes care of my family since my dad passed away – and then challenged me to shepherd some of young people that i just met, and then challenged me to build a cell group in one school and then grow more into 18 school – and there are so much more and too many to tell. (its just getting bigger and bigger each day *phew*) But, one thing i know for sure .. when God challenge us, He knew exactly our capacity for He will not given us something that we cant do or finish. We just need to believe ourselves just like He believe in us and we just need to learn to believe others just like He believe in us. And so i decided to always ‘challenge the challenges’ and keep pressing on. For He is right in front of me, opened up the way, leaving His footprints for me to follow.

    Ps Chuck, always love to come by to your website. Always love to re-read your phenomenal book. And always loved to hear some crazy and fun stories about your amazing family. Congrats for your baby girl engagement .. wake up, she’s not a baby anymore. haha. Much love from here …