Today’s Scripture: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4

A daughter complained to her father about how hard things were for her. “As soon as I solve one problem,” she said, “another one comes up.” Her father sent her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each over a burner on the stove. When they came to a boil, he placed carrots in the first, eggs in the second, and ground coffee beans in the last. After a while, he turned off the burners and put the carrots in a bowl, the eggs on a plate, and poured the coffee into a cup. He asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee.

She asked what this meant.  He explained that each of them faced the same adversity – boiling water – but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong and unrelenting, but became weak and soft. The egg’s thin outer shell protected its liquid interior but after sitting through the boiling water, the inside hardened. The ground coffee beans changed the water.

He then asked his daughter, “When adversity knocks on your door, which are you?”

I ask the same question. How are you going to face hardship? Ask God to give you the strength. He has promised to help you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder