THE STRUGGLE

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:24-28

Many times in my leadership I have felt like giving up. In fact, the days I struggle with an uphill battle definitively outweigh the easy ones. Knowing what I ought to do is never in question. Executing the plan is an enormous battle. But if there is one thing I have learned many times over, it is that spectacular results come from very unspectacular day to day battles. Men who win are men who persist regardless of the struggle.

Jacob is a man who epitomizes pushing through the struggle. From the moment of grasping his brother's heel at birth to swapping a meal for a birthright, Jacob does not give up. And this man does not relent, even when wrestling with God. Because Jacob persisted God named him Israel, a name that means "God contended."

Summon the same attitude as Jacob when you come upon struggle. Had Jacob given up, he would have punted on the opportunity to overcome. Better to engage and struggle like Jacob, then give up like Esau. When you come to the intersection of "what's best" and "what's easiest," choose the struggle.

DO THIS TODAY: Struggle to do the next best thing.

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