Here comes my 1st favourite story…….
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole until it suddenly stopped making any progress and looked like it was stuck.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings.
The man didn’t think anything of it and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of it’s life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.
Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself though the small opening; were god’s way of forcing fluid from the body of butterfly to it’s wings. To prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.
Moral of the story: Our struggles in our life develop our strengths. Without our struggle we never grow and we never get stronger, so it’s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not by relying on help from others.