So I play football on the weekends and practice during the week it is full contact football so we wear all the pads and helmet when we play.
Now that it is summer time practices tend to seem a little harder. Today our coach had us do a drill the entire length of the field. Half way through my legs felt worn out and my head started to throb. I thought I was back to being a freshmen in high school because of how I felt. At the time I thought I could totally quit right now I don’t really have to do finish, this is just practice not even a game. My body wanted to quit but I began to think to myself, what if my wife saw me quit, what if teens from our youth ministry saw me quit or what if my pastors saw me quit, would they still see me as a fearless leader or just someone that quits when things get a little too hard. When I thought of that I began to think my goal is the end of this field, if I keep going the closer I will get to competing this drill.
So I kept going with the best possible form I could. I had to stop a few times on the way because my legs just simply wouldn’t function but I kept looking to the end and think I’m almost there….almost done….I might pass out but people here will see me so I will be okay. So step after step I got closer and closer and the end looked bigger every step until finally right before I got there I blacked out….
Just kidding I made it the whole way and I felt very very tired my legs were shaking and my head was POUNDING but I knew I pushed through and I reached my goal.
When I stood there looking back I thought to myself of how many times when I was younger I would stop because things got hard and I would convince myself that quitting was okay cause I made it far enough or I don’t really need to finish all the way.
I wonder how many of us treat our pursuit of God the same way where things get a little hard and we pull back from what we’re doing or we don’t read the bible as much or we don’t pray as much or dare I say we quit all together.
I want to encourage whoever reads this DONT QUIT, KEEP GOING! We need people that are carriers of the presence of God to blaze a trail for those that will come after them. We may not see the fruit of our labor now but what we do now will effect people we may never even meet.
Life gets rough, our pursuit of Christ gets hard, we have to deal with other people that are going through tough times and may even take it out on you, but keep going DON’T LOSE HEART.
Let these words from Hebrews ignite something in you to keep you persevering.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV