The secret is in absolutely refusing to let the river beat you down. If I had to, I’d measure my progress in inches. One more inch I’ve swum-one less inch to swim. Once you know the secret, then nobody’s river can bring you down.

The storm is out there and every one of us must eventually face the storm. When the storm comes, pray that it will shake you to your roots and break you wide-open. Being broken open by the storm is your only hope. When you are broken open you get to discover for the first time what is inside you. Some people never get to see what is inside them; what beauty, what strength, what truth and love. They were never broken open by the storm. So, don’t run from your pain – run into your pain. Let life’s storm shatter you.

Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.

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