Chapter 2: There Is No Easy Way To The Top

When you choose to drive, you have to accept traffic jams. When you choose to be health conscious, you have to forego being tongue conscious. With income will come income tax.

Anything you choose in life comes along with its own inherent positives and negatives. What folly it is to search for a rose bush without the thorns! When you choose one face of the coin, you have also chosen the other side of the coin. Don’t ask for a trouble-free, blessed life. Not even the mahatmas could embrace a trouble-free blessed life. There is no such life.

Bigger the ambition, greater will be the issues. When you want to walk, the issues are few. When you choose to run a marathon, obviously there are more issues to deal with. When you choose to merely exist, you face lesser issues. When you choose to live worthy of your potential, then you have to solve larger issues. By lifting one end of the stick, you have already picked up the other end. Only if you are willing to be chiselled, you will become the idol worthy of being worshipped. There is no easy way to the top, and those who made it to the top didn’t make it easy.

After all, there has to be a difference between a history reader and a history maker.

In a Bible study group, they read Malachi 3:3: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” What did it mean about the character and nature of God? That week, one of the women had an appointment with a silversmith to watch him at work. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that one had to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest for all the impurities to get burnt away. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time. The man affirmed that he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but also had to keep his eyes on the silver the whole time. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flame, it would be destroyed. The woman then asked, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” He smiled and answered, “Oh, that’s easy… when I see my image in it.”

If you are feeling the heat of life, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you. In every man sleeps a prophet. God became man, so that man can again become god. Life isn’t a furnace that’s burning you, but one that’s transforming you into glittering silver.