From A Slice of Fresh Bread by Dan Bolin, CCI/Worldwide, @CCIWorldwide
Several years ago I visited some missionary friends in Africa. To support their ministry and to provide employment for people in the area, my friends established a brick-making company.
One day, the workers loaded a trailer full of bricks, and the missionary and I headed for a home about 20 miles (roughly 30 kilometers) away where we would unload the delivery. The first half of the trip was on a wonderful major roadway, no problem. But when we turned onto the side road, things got pretty rough; we hit bump after bump, pothole after pothole.
Eventually, we arrived at the house, ready to start the hard work of unloading bricks. But when we pulled back the tarp, there was only a pile of rubble where the stacks of brick had been. We later discovered that to save money the workers had reduced the amount of cement used to manufacture the bricks. They looked fine lying in the sun and stacked on the trailer, but disintegrated when they hit the bumps in the road.
Paul understood the importance of inner strength. He also knew that inner strength comes through the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. Paul asked God to fortify his friends in Ephesus, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:16)
Don’t be satisfied looking like a person of strength. Allow God’s Spirit to truly strengthen your inner being. Trust God’s Spirit to keep you strong so that when you encounter the bumps of life, you do not crumble, but stay useful for him.