“We live in the crucible between the promise of who we can become and the reality of who we’ve been.” Erwin McManus
I love this quote from McManus taken from his book The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
What McManus is saying is that in order to get from “who you are today” to your future potential or, the “promise of who you can become”, you will experience a lot of work, learning, change and pain. This journey is not comfortable but it is rewarding. It will stretch you in ways that you don’t want to stretch and it will break you down and then build you back up.
A crucible is defined as “a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures.” The crucible is used to break down substances at high temperatures or to refine and purify substances by burning or boiling off impurities.