“Keep going. Put one foot forward. Now the next foot. You can do it.”
Self-talk is a marvellous thing, and yet in recent times it seems to have become a somewhat gruelling task! I keep telling myself:
“Diligence. Perseverance. Endurance. Sweat it out. Diligence. Perseverance . . . ”
Where does this get me? Not very far, I’m sorry to say. These words bring to mind memories of pain, exhaustion, and a deep-seated tiredness. They make me want to give up before I start. They taunt me in to giving less than one hundred percent. They tempt me in to giving up time with my King in order to have more time for “doing”.
Have you been trusting God for a breakthrough that just won’t come? Are you chasing after a dream that seems like an ungraspable mist?
Perhaps you are praying for a loved one to come to the Lord and yet, after twenty years, it seems no closer to becoming a reality. Maybe you are struggling with finances and your pockets are only becoming thinner. Or you might be wrestling with the same old sin, such as alcoholism, or the familiar taste of fear that stops you going after what God has set before you. In such circumstances, self-talk simply does not seem enough to get you where you to your goal.
Good news is on the way! Are you ready? Here it comes . . .
God can bring you to your longed-for destination. He desires to be your strength. He desires your trust. If you are in a place of desperation, perhaps it is worth giving up trying to do it in your own strength and instead turn your eyes back to Him. I’m not saying these things can’t be achieved, only that it a far easier road when you tread it in His strength.
We can endure all things in Him. What is temporal will fade, but we wait with hope for the coming eternal Kingdom of God.
Keep walking the path He has set before you, but do not let the attainment of physical goals burden you from living with joy, looking towards the eternal. Life, peace, joy, and comfort are found in Christ! Rest in Him and draw on His strength. Allow Him to rejuvenate you.
If, like me, you are feeling tired and weary, then let those feelings serve as cues to press into God and turn your eyes back on to the things with lasting value. Our greatest call is that of heaven, in the company of our loving Father.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14).
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20-21).
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice . . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7).