This morning I went for a run with my usual running partner. Initially, all was right with the world and we were settled in to a decent pace. About a mile and a half in, my body started to resist. Try as I might, I couldn’t will the cramps away nor could I outrun them. At the 2.5 mark, I had to walk.
I left feeling somewhat frustrated. It seems the more I try to do the “right thing,” the more I am met with opposition. I try to eat healthy, for the most part. I mean we all need to cheat once in a while! I exercise on a regular basis & I drink enough water to hydrate a camel. And yet I’m not reaching the goals that I have set for myself.
It’s enough to make me want to say the heck with it, grab a box of Krispy Cremes and chase them down with a 2 liter of Coke!! It’s really hard to keep at something when:
- It’s harder than you expected.
- You hit an obstacle.
- The outcome isn’t what you had anticipated.
While my current struggle is with health & fitness, I have been in this exact predicament in my marriage, in parenting and in my writing ministry. So what does one do when they reach a lull in life or ministry? When the initial excitement wears off, you lose momentum & frustration sets in, do you throw in the towel?
Let me take you to my favorite chapter in the Bible, Hebrews 12.
- Let us strip off every weight that slows us down. While this applies directly to sin, it can mean so much more. What is it that you are struggling with today? Is there something you can remove from your life that would help you to succeed?
- Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Really? One might ask how endurance is possible in the midst of fatigue and when the odds just aren’t in your favor. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus.
- So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Doing the right thing is rarely going to be the easy way. It is often the path less chosen and you may even find yourself on it completely alone. Fighting for your marriage when it seems all hope is lost; staying firm in your parenting convictions when “so-and-sos” mom let’s their kid do it; sticking with your calling when it doesn’t seem to be doing anybody any good; buckling down on your health & fitness when you plateau & the benefit isn’t clear-none of these things are easy, but they are virtuous.
It is normal to become weary at any task throughout life. Quitting is enticing, especially when the only alternative is to plow through that which seems impossible. Let me assure you, eyes on Jesus=nothing is impossible.