Oh, did I type that outloud?
When the pain seems like it is just too much to bear…
Sometimes we feel as if we can not go on. Our heart breaks, our soul aches, something is not right with our lives and we know it- but it’s too late- to go back in time is only a dream… so we make a decision.
We chose to stand firm in the truth of God’s word and fight for what is right. Or we lie down and fall victim to our failures, believing we are worthless and we will never overcome.
When we can no longer walk up the stairs because we have literally worked our butts off and the wincing that comes from each step we take makes us wonder if it will ever be worth it… we have a choice.
We can look into the eyes of truth and know with certainty that the pain we endure now will only produce strength and a healthier life later.
This is true in our work out and in our lives.
Paul reminds us how human we are- “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil that I will not to do, that I practice,” (Rom. 7:19). That is not giving us license to give in and give up! That is a call to understanding our nature and therefore we struggle- we all struggle and we will continue to struggle – we are indeed sinful by nature – and now that we know that, we must rely on the strength of God almighty and that it is His strength that will overcome- not that of our own – our own strength results only in failure.
So, how do we overcome? We do not.
The war we face is not that of our own strength, it is the war of the Sprit and sinful nature that abides in us – We want to get stronger, but we want the short cut to get there- we don’t want to endure pain- we desire a pill, a quick fix – a one week work out with no pain, light weights and little resistance. But that is not how it works. No pain- No gain – that is the truth that gets results. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1: 2-4
That is how it works. Allowing the Strength of Christ to manifest Himself through us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13.
And by way of laying down at the foot of the Cross – our desire to quit… to give in to our pain, frustrations, our sinful nature… and leave it there – no looking back, no excuses, just lay it down and keep moving (or in this case, hobbling) in that forward direction- on the highway of Holiness, we will reap the benefits of perseverance and hard work. Keep pushing; keep striving for what is good, pure, holy and acceptable. Don’t settle for any less – You are worth the effort! Christ said so – He died to prove it.
A good cry and a hot bath will also help. 🙂