Ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where you feel like you’re sprinting uphill through a path made of jello? Pushing so hard but hardly getting anywhere? Feel like the Tennessee Volunteers every first half of every game they've played this season?!
To be blunt, that’s how I’ve been feeling these past two weeks.
And guess what?
I’ve had a few pity parties and wanted to just quit- quit blogging, quit my Master’s work, quit being a teacher.
Have you ever gotten to that point in your journey with your health, career, marriage, or family where you just wanted to throw in the towel and go hide in the closet with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (or bag of Doritos- pick your poison people)?
I’m here today to comfort you in reassuring you that it’s perfectly normal to feel that way, and you don’t have to give up.
You can stick with it. You can get through it, whatever it may be. And you need one thing: Jesus.
This past week, y’all, was a DOOZY. I traveled to Waco on Monday for a training, had four assignments due for my Master’s project, had a meeting afterschool on Wednesday, went up to Dallas on Thursday for an appointment, and go to juggle all of the other responsibilities that come with molding our future generation of leaders, keeping a household, maintaining a marriage, and such.
To say I was on the brink of crying once this week may have been an understatement.
And you know what?
IT’S OKAY TO WANT TO QUIT SOMETIMES.
I can remember training for my one and only half marathon back in 2010. The race was in April, so that meant I had to start conditioning my body with weekly long runs (9, 10, and 11 milers) throughout the winter. While I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the cold and wasn’t bothered by the chill and ice I faced while pounding away at the pavement, the boredom and monotony did start to get to me while running for over an hour at a time.
Yet quitting isn’t really in my DNA (those of you know my mother can attest to that fact). Plus, the whole time I was wracking up the miles, I would open myself up to the Lord. It was like having a running buddy who I didn’t actually have to try to physically talk to, which I prefer as a runner.
When we’re facing these uphill battles and our energy and fight is flickering away to nearly nothing, I urge you to grab hold to Christ and let Him be your strength.
After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, he sang to the Lord, “In Your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In Your strength you will guide them in your holy dwelling” (Exodus 15:13).
I think if anyone in this world can understand feeling overwhelmed by the stressors of the world, it is Christ. He kinda went through some heavy stuff before His resurrection and victory over sin.
Today, before you go out and face the day or tonight before you start a new day tomorrow, reflect on what areas of your life seem like uphill battles. Where is it you want to give up? Meditate on this verse from Jeremiah 31:25- I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Then ask God to do just that- to provide you with the strength and energy and fight to push through this season of struggle, this stretch of the marathon that you want to just quit.
I had to have this little reflection myself last Friday, when I was on the verge of tears while fixing my dinner at about 9 p.m. and dizzied at the thought of everything that needed to be done. I could feel it coming on...the pity-party for one, it was creeping in...something the Enemy absolutely relishes. Instead of giving into the temptation of self-pity and discontent, I had a moment with myself that was something like this...
I went to God for strength, for perspective, for refreshment. On Saturday, I woke up feeling ready to kick butt and take names.
Trust me, y’all, the first step in this marathon is finding a running buddy to stick by your side the whole time. And what better athlete and pace-setter than Christ? The answer to that, of course, is no one.
Go lace up your kicks, put on those running tights, and get ready to push through the marathon ahead with Jesus by your side. Because life is better with Jesus, y’all.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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