I use this phrase with my 7 ...count em grandkids when they whine about things like "Nanna, Sophia hit me". Now I don't want to have a bunch of weak cry-babies for grands, this world is a tough place and I want them to be able to endure hardships. So that's where the suck it up comes in. But... ...I love them beyond measure, I would gladly give my life for theirs without hesitation. ( you see where I'm going with this?) So that's why the little love name after the stern word., buttercup! Plus it's cool that it rhymes. Now here is where I'm going, God does the same to us doesn't he? Jonah complained about going to Nineveh, God said suck it up and go, we all know how that came out. Moses complained that he didn't speak well, the children if Israel well point made. I hear Christians, including myself , complain to God about our trials and tribulations, when we know what the bible says about tribulations and how important they are in growing us up, we can't see as my grand kids that it makes them stronger, gives them character. It is the same for us. I don't make lite of anyones trials, at the time they are big and over whelming. But I don't want the blind mans job I always say, to be blind at birth to wait as a beggar at the gate for Jesus to come by, or the couple that waited for the results of the scan I did yesterday to determine whether or not to pull the plug on their precious 2yr old little boy, I don't want that job. So in the shower this morning it was revealed to me ...be like my son, and I knew exactly what he meant! Jesus said I'd rather this cup pass from me, but your will be done. We don't have to like our tribulations, but God has a plan that is wayyyyyy bigger than us, and when we give ourselves to him we give ourselves to him. So when your trials come , know that we are all here for you and look for Gods' plan and purpose. Sometimes we don't see it here but one day you can bet you will hear, "well done, my good and faithful servant"
Yes, indeed God's way are not our way. He does have a purpose in all circumstances of our lives. Learn to endure hardship as a good soldier of the Lord.
Thanks for this encouraging blog, Sister Sheri
From Hwa Silverpen