James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I got good advice yesterday from a friend at a pool-citizenship-baptism-going-away party. She was talking about how she dreaded lugging that car seat around when her kids were little, in and out of the car with all the gear in tow. She had been staying home instead of going out, but a friend told her she needed to get up and go anyway. When she complained, her buddy told her to “just do it and don’t think about it”.
That is simple advice and yet very profound. A lot of times the worst part about what we have to do is just the “thinking about it” part.
Take for example… the progesterone shot. Staring that needle down while your skin crawls and you imagine it piercing your flesh is awful. However, the little prick when it finally goes in is hardly worth an afterthought. If I had never looked at the needle, I would have thought someone merely pinched me or I had been stung by a tiny ant.
Armed with this simple advice and a lot of prayer… I think I might be able to get through this week. I’m saying goodbye to my best friend Wednesday as she leaves the country for a year. She happens to be taking with her a few of the rest of my family members’ best buddies as well. I’m also still tackling an overwhelming amount of boxes after we got the second half of our things moved in last Thursday. I have been dreading those boxes and this goodbye as if it were childbirth mixed with a root canal. Maybe I should just do it and try not to think about it… and pray harder while I rely on the Lord to get me through. I know He will.
“This too shall pass.”
I can imagine that Jesus had to do a lot of ‘just doing it’ without thinking about it. There were a lot of painful moments, disappointing moments, sad moments, goodbye moments and difficult moments in His life. Sometimes the sweetest rewards come from our obedience when trails and tests come our way. I’m going to look forward to the promised rewards of my perseverance… and keep on keeping on… one box and one goodbye at a time. I know there’s a blessing on the other side.
Romans 5:3-4 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope.
James 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
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