Take courage and start your struggle2 October 2019
Don’t be sad at subduing your flesh for the sake of Christ, because He made it.
Don’t be afraid of pain because He has the power to heal any wound.
Don’t hold back from offering Him the whole of your being, because He will renew it, will glorify it in the kingdom of heaven.
Suffer for Christ, as He suffered for you.
Look around you and see how much pain, how much unhappiness, how much sorrow there is among people. However much you’re hurting, there are others who are worse off.
Thank God and praise Him for not sending you even greater tribulations.
Take courage, make a start and please Him with your spiritual struggle. With a little, fleeting effort, you’ll enjoy eternal and unending benefits.
» Saint Dimitry of Rostov