“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
2 Timothy 2:3
Sometimes it’s hard to keep going and enduring until we see the fruit of our labors. We get hot, tired and more tired as the heat, weeds, and needs keep coming or storms and struggles threaten. We can get worn out just trying to manage our pace, make progress, motivate productivity and maintain peace. Let’s face it. Enduring is difficult when our energy and efforts are sweltering under the loads of life in the heat of battle.
In the season my husband and I are in, the idea of enduring has seemed like a pretty tough challenge to conqueror. Everything we’ve planned or attempted to do has either been hindered, put on hold, or just plain hard. Can you relate? We’ve acknowledged, agreed, and accepted that we’re weary from our struggles to catch up and keep up. Our projects list isn’t getting shorter, the work isn’t getting easier, and we’re not getting younger.
Reality keeps prodding and telling us to keep going. These things won’t get easier or get done on their own and putting them off just makes them worse………..longer. So we’ve decided to renew our minds, continue a healthy pace, do the next thing, and plow through.
Remembering the reason we’re doing something has always motivated us. We often have to stop and remind ourselves of our dreams, goals and purpose. The promise of fruit for our labors is a great motivation too.
Exercising patience and waiting on the Lord to provide the harvest makes us stronger for the work ahead. Exercising physically doesn’t hurt either. (Wink)
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
What we focus on affects what we do. When we think positive, we behave in productive ways. When we’re negative, we accomplish little. Staying focused on our purpose and plan gives us the right perspective. God said, if we want to reap a harvest, stay focused on well doing.
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
“But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13
I don’t like getting up early, but once I’m up, I’m good. It’s when I give in to inactivity that my motivation plops down on the couch with me and is harder to get up than I am. However, the more active I am, the more active I want to be.
Happiness doesn’t just happen. We often face trials and testing to get there. But pressing through difficulties helps us get out of the hard, unhappy places.
“Behold, we count them happy which endure.
Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord;
that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:11
Gratefully, God’s mercy endures forever as He supplies what we need to reap our harvest. We just have to stay strong and keep moving forward.
“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1
“Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalms 136:25
Bring It Home
Are you finding it difficult to endure this season? What motivates you?
Praying for you as we grow together,