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The idea of struggle being the key to bringing about change is so deeply enshrined in our consciousness that it is difficult to consider that there may even be another way. The reality is that if my struggle to be a better person actually succeeds then only I can take the credit. Even if I could surrender my life to God it would be I who takes the credit. The ego that seeks its own glory, and needs to ensure its survival, is never far away. A useful analogy for struggle is of a fly that gets stuck in a spider’s web. While it is caught initially by just a few threads its frantic attempts to extricate itself only results in further entanglement and eventually it becomes dinner for the spider. Raw will-power can be very egocentric whereas will having first surrendered to the power of the Spirit can bring us to places where will-power can never reach.

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