Recently, I learned that even when the going gets tough, we need to keep pressing on. The end results will be worth it.
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on a no-carb diet. I have eliminated sweets from the menu also. Contrary to what many have said about a no-carb diet, I haven’t struggled much with it.
What I am struggling with is exercise. Last night, as I was working out on the elliptical, I found myself getting very lazy. I didn’t want to work out! It was hard, and I didn’t want to do it. I wanted to give up!
I kept lowering the recline level and resistance. Oh, yes I did! I struggled; however, I persevered and managed to get in a 20-minute workout, and I burned a few calories.
It’s better than nothing, I think.
As I struggled on the elliptical, I thought about how, at times, we struggle spiritually, and we want to give up.
Our prayer life becomes stale. We don’t make time for Bible study or quiet time with the Lord, etc. It becomes quite a challenge to find the time to be with the Lord.
It’s even harder to press on when we are surrounded by “Christians” who aren’t encouraging. Everything that comes out of their mouth is negative, gossipy, and rude.
Where’s the love? Many people say that they love, but their actions prove otherwise. I know its’ cliche, but it is true, “actions speak louder than words.”
Our behavior (verbal and nonverbal) says so much about who we are. The manner in which we approach a situation, how we say things and our reaction to adversity reveal our real character.
Let’s take a good look in the mirror. We aren’t perfect, and it will be a long time before we achieve perfection. However, that isn’t an excuse to continue to sin.
I hear this often, the first step to healing is admitting that we have a problem. In this case, we need to confess our sin to God.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV
Hebrews 12:1-3, reminds us of a few things:
1. Let go of anything that is weighing us down (sin).
2. Run the race with patience.
3. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus.
4. Remember all that Jesus endured on the cross for us.
5. Perspective! Jesus suffered and persevered until the end. We can too.
The past year has been a hard one for me, spiritually. I’ve been under spiritual attack. The best part is that I’ve learned many lessons. The greatest one is that God is the only being who is trustworthy.
We can pour out our hearts to him. As my former pastor says, “He listens, and He cares.”
Many times we allow people, who we think are trustworthy, into our lives when we should be seeking God every single day.
He is the One who cares.
He is the One who has our best interests at heart.
He is the One who keeps our secrets.
He is the One who loves us unconditionally.
It seems simple, but not easy to do:
Keep praying. Keep reading. Keep fasting. Obey God. Have faith. Have mercy. Love.
We should often think of all that Jesus had to go through for us. It’s the only way to keep pressing forward.
God bless you,