How to turn discouragement into encouragement.
The humble beginnings of a caterpillar...
The intricacies' of a butterfly are captivating and unique. He starts out as a caterpillar, unpleasing to the eye and weak. He crawls around in the dirt all day, with seemingly, nothing to do. But the future for him, which seems unclear, is deceiving in the eyes of a fool.
He latches himself onto a branch...
To the casual observer he appears to be dead...
Then one day...
After months go by...
He just spreads his wings...
And begins to fly...
Now he's flying high...
His transformation is a complete mystery.
The inner workings of the butterfly could never be seen by the naked eye. Now he's flying free among flowers and trees. He's been transformed- a new creature you see. Now those who see him, stares and smiles...
A new creature...
The transformation from caterpillar to a butterfly.
Butterflies undergo a complete transformation, in which, they go through four different life stages.
- Female lays an egg that was fertilized by the male.
- The egg hatches into a tiny larva (caterpillar).
- The caterpillar eats and grows.
- The caterpillar attaches itself to a twig, and forms a hard outer shell called a pupa. The pupa or ( chrysalis ) is used to hide the caterpillar from predators.
Inside of the pupa a complete metamorphosis is taking place and what emerges is a beautiful, colorful, butterfly.
We don't see the inner workings of someone's transformation; they are naked to the eye. As in the case of the caterpillar, some people may appear weak with no purpose, but you can't always judge a person by looking at them.
There may be things going on inside of them that you can't understand. Sometimes, it's best if people don't understand. In a world where everyone is trying to be the same, being different is not always popular.
Sometimes it's best to allow people to believe what they want to believe. Allow them to think you are a caterpillar. They can't see what's taking place inside of you. Their eyes cannot conceive your transformation, your wholeness that will be so complete it will shine brightly for all to see.
People Judge With Their Eyes but God Judges By The Heart.
Like the caterpillar some may look at a person and think "They don't have anything to offer!" Or, judge a person by the things they've seen them do, and think "They won't amount to anything!" But they can't see what's being planted inside them. What's growing inside them and, what's about to be birthed through them. And when the truth materializes what they see is something beautiful, unique, and like no other.
I have learned to be discreet about the things I try to do. Why? It takes away discouragement- the hope for encouragement the fear of not living up to expectations. Allow yourself the time and freedom to embrace the marvelous change that's being worked inside of you. When a seed is planted in the dirt we water it, nurture it, give it nutrients and sunlight; and soon the desired effect materializes in its season but we have no idea what's taking place underground. I live by this quote that was planted in my heart a long time ago.
House under construction.
Discouragement Can Be A Sign That Your House (Life) is Not In Order.
A wise Man came upon a beautiful house; the problem was, the house was full of clutter. So He says. "I'm going to set this house in order and then I'll dwell here." So He gets rid of all the junk and things that were not useful, and begins to set the house in order. The owners of the house weren't happy they wanted to hold on to the memories that were a result of their clutter. But after the initial pain of losing things they felt were precious to them, they realized they had more room to fill their house with valuable things that would bring them a new joy.
Sometimes we feel discouraged when things we hoped for don't work out. Sometimes things don't work out for a reason. New saints will ask the Lord to consecrate their lives, and then, become unhappy when people are removed, and situations are arranged for His satisfaction. However, if we don't allow ourselves to become discouraged we might realize there is something better and more rewarding for us in store.
Don't let discouragement steal your joy. You are way more than what others see you as!
- Don't be discouraged if you try to tell someone what you're doing and they don't believe you!
- Don't be discouraged if you tell someone what you plan to be and they can't receive it!
Like the caterpillar, hold onto your branch, allow the seeds that's planted inside of you to grow and be birthed; transforming you from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Isn't it easier to show people than to try and tell them? For they can deny what they have been told...No one can deny, with their own eyes, they have seen.
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