There are times of life when even breathing seems unbearable.
When life itself seems more like a burden then a blessing, and the day ahead seems to loom over you like a storm cloud. You feel like the Greek god Atlas, holding the whole world on your shoulders.
I’ve had seasons like that, even in my short life of eighteen and a half years. It’s as if the day has already decided that I will be defeated by it, so I live conquered. The day is too hard and I’m tired and discouraged, so I live in defeat.
There is a type of quitting that’s different than walking away. You can quit by giving up on HOPE. You can quit by giving up on your resolve to change. You can quit by simply doing nothing, because the natural balance of the world is to drag us away from Christ.
So many times I am tempted to quit, and almost as many times I have quit. However, I’m learning something that is changing those habits:
To endure means to continue when you feel like quitting.
What if instead of giving up, I somehow had the strength to press through the hard moment? Would strength meet me somehow, If I just kept walking forward? What if beyond the walls of weariness lies a beautiful solace for my soul? What if rest is found as a result of endurance rather than as a result of seeking my own comfort?
One of my teachers at school taught on this concept, and he said “Nothing good happens until after you feel like quitting”. I think his words ring true, and this is why:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor.12:9-10
When you want to quit, take heart: when we’re broken grace comes bursting in, like light through cracks.
At our weakest moments grace breaks through, and with grace: strength.
See, endurance is not about “trying harder” as much as it is about HOPE. Have hope that as you walk this life, His strength will be enough for you. Have faith that He will carry you through this trial, one way or another.
When you quit, you miss out on all of the things that God has in store for you. If you endure, God will use the trial to transform your heart, and He will make you into a blessing for the world.
Keep drawing close to God and obeying His word, even when it’s hard, uncomfortable, or boring. Rely on His strength, because He has you in His hands:)