in vain

One of my favorite phrases comes from an author named Paulo Coelho. In his book, The Fifth Mountain, Coelho interpreted (or I shall say, humanized) the story of Elijah, one of the most famous Biblical characters for being faithful.

Anyway, Elijah as he ran from Gilead, in Coelho's book, said at one time, "It's like waging battle in vain" to the chief of the village, Zarepath once the chief agreed to war although he knew they're going to lose and they lost.

I came to realise in many times of my life, I was like the chief. I waged battles in vain and in the end, I suffered.

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