“Papa Robert has been known to work straight through the day with a stomach virus, ” I said as I drove to school. “Sometimes we just have to keep going, even when we don’t feel like it.”
I was preaching to myself as much as I was to my children. There’s been sickness floating around in our house this week, but none of it is bad enough to warrant an unexcused absence from school. Nor does it warrant me quitting doing laundry, dinner, writing, and so on.
Admiring their Papa Robert for his stubborn determination, my children said, “When the time comes for papa to die, he’ll argue that he doesn’t have time for it. He’ll say, ‘Let me finish working on my tractor first.'”
I said, “Yeah, papa’s leg would have to be falling off for him to stop working.”
Laughing, Hunter piped back, “Even if his leg was messed up, he would tie a stick to it. He would push the gas pedal in his truck with the stick and keep going”
God is God and will certainly stop us in His time. Our days are numbered, and He controls who lives and dies. But there is something truly inspiring about a persevering spirit, isn’t there?
Though these aren’t proverbs, there’s certainly biblical principle here!
My daddy (Papa Robert) always says three things:
– Ninety % of doing anything is trying.
– Always do your best.
– If you start something, finish it!
The Bible says this!
“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” -Proverbs 13:4
God doesn’t always allow us to have it easy. If it were easy, chances are it wouldn’t change us.
But He does reward diligence!
I’m convinced God allows us to muddle through difficulty to change us from the inside out. I’ve often heard it said He’s more concerned with our character than our comfort. If life was always easy, we would never be changed. If we were never changed, we wouldn’t become more like Jesus.
Lysa Terkeurst insisted, at the She Speaks Intensive, that the process is the point. It’s so true. If we had the end result handed to us, we wouldn’t appreciate it as much as if we had worked for it. The end result is not as important as the process it takes to get there.
We often live our lives looking forward to the great thing in the future we believe God has for us, and we miss the joy we could have in the here and now. Fact is, we are there! We are living it! Our calling isn’t something way out in the future. It’s now! We’ve all been created for a special something, a purpose predetermined and calculated by God alone.
Living each day to the fullest, moment by moment, no matter how seemingly difficult or mundane, is God’s will for us. After all, He doesn’t give up when our relationship with Him becomes a bit complacent. He keeps on with us, doesn’t He? Love Himself always protects, always hopes, and always PERSEVERES!
Pressing on to find contentment in today is God’s will for us. Giving Him thanks in ALL things, THAT’s God’s will and calling for us!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When He finds us faithful in the little routine things, He will give us responsibility over grander things.
The tough stuff in life grinds away the unnecessary rough spots. It’s through perseverance that we learn to really appreciate the gifts and blessings. Then, when life IS easy, we won’t mistake it for difficult.
Press in and press on with me, my friend. Be the you God created you to be, and let’s seize this life-gift, one day at a time.