Sometimes part of the excelling is the hard suffering work and practice it takes.
- I think of athletes drilling and pushing their muscles with hard work. The ones who stretch and suffer are the ones who are rewarded. The muscles that rip and stretch are the ones that get bigger and stronger.
- Obviously this verse made me think of a spinning wheel and yarn. There is a lot of hard work that goes into making a piece of cloth in the background before you finally have a piece of clothing or fabric for anything else. The wool must stretch and be pulled to its very thinnest fiber, and then be mixed with many other fibers in a weaving. But that is where it finds it’s strength.
So even though it feels as though we are suffering. Even though we must stretch ourselves to the very limits. We are not doing it in vain. When we endure we grow. We become steadfast. We build the colony. We build our steadfast clean hearts.