In a video about Special Forces it said their selectors didn’t choose the muscle-bound, super-fit or great leaders but those who could keep going when it was really difficult!
As rules about lockdown are changing all the time, the novelty of a different lifestyle has gone and reality of the financial or practical difficulties start to really bite, our real challenge still lies ahead: the challenge to keep going with hope.
I have shared before that I choose to run marathons to challenge myself. I have run two in the last month: one along the North Devon coastline and the other in circuits around a school field in Guildford! The second should have not been so hard, but when I got to around 22 miles I started to really struggle. However, I have learnt to take my eyes off the current struggle and focus on finishing the race. This way I have ‘hope to finish’ rather than losing hope in my current difficulties.
I guess we all need to find way to cope and keep going: it may look different for each one of us and may not come naturally to us. We need to decide before we get to our challenges to keep going whatever happens! What do you do or to whom do you go, to keep going and finish well in times of challenge?
As a Christian I know that God is always with me and loves me, so I look to Him. I know I will become stronger when I go through a difficult time with God and come out the other side. There are some verses in the Bible which use running as an analogy to encourage us to keep going and not lose heart because God has been there Himself already!
“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…, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”Hebrews 12:1-2
Rev James Levasier
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