Having been asked to speak to a group of ministers’ wives, I asked the young wife of a minister what she would want to say to them. Many young people nowadays, I said, have grown up without any idea of hardship or sacrifice, and when it is required of them in the Lord’s service, they rebel.
“Tell them to give and give and give, not expecting anything in return, “the young woman said.
“But what if they say ‘I’m having a really hard time with this. I’m struggling, I’m not really sure I can do that?”
“Tell them ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthened me.’”
It was a clear word, spoken with the conviction of obedience. This young woman knows the struggle. She has experienced rejection and ingratitude. But she knows the truth of God’s promise of strength.