I recently read a blog by Cristian Mihai, a truly gifted blogger by the way, and his blog made me ponder on this quote.
“That what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…
But the truth is that, most times, what doesn’t kill you makes you wish it did.” (Cristian Mihai)
(Again check out his blog for yourself. I enjoyed reading his writing.)
Cristian Mihai is a gifted author and his blogs are filled with humor, sarcasm, and truth. So, as I read the above quote as he related to his life, my first reaction was to laugh. But then, I stopped. As I ponder in silence, I realized that it wasn’t funny at all.
I’m not sure in what condition Friedrich Nietzsche wrote this quote “That what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But isn’t it ironic that the person who wrote the quote had suffered a mental collapse before his death. But many people have taken his quote as an inspirational quote. I also used to think that way until I realized the sad reality that most of the times what doesn’t kill people make them weaker and make their lives miserable. They might not die physically, but they are emotionally and spiritually weak that like Cristian Mihai said they wish it killed them instead.
I did some research on the topic and I found an interesting article on Psychology Today written by Noam Shpancer called What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.
As a Christian, I reflected from a spiritual point of view. We’ve been attacked by the things of the world daily, and some of us don’t even realize that we become weaker after every obstacles. Our hearts are infected with bitterness.
But there is a good news. There is a Savior and Healer who can cure us from our spiritual sickness. His name is Jesus. Turn to Jesus Christ, the author of life, because He alone can save us from our sins. Don’t try to keep fighting alone and pretend like you are getting stronger after surviving all the attacks. The obstacles haven’t killed you completely yet. And from the outside, you might seem just fine, but you alone can know the heart condition of yourself. So before bitterness take you completely over, turn to Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior.
Now I’d like to end this blog by quoting from Shapancer.
“Mayhem and chaos don’t toughen you up, and they don’t prepare you well to deal with the terror of this world. Tender love and care toughen you up, because they nurture and strengthen your capacity to learn and adapt, including learning how to fight, and adapting to later hardship.”
My prayer is that if you have been beaten by the worries of life and feel like there’s no way out, be open-minded for a few minutes and consider about asking Jesus to come into your life. Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with our Creator God. Just be open-minded and try. Taste and see the goodness for yourself. Be healed by the love of Jesus and His love will carry you through ups and downs of life.