Keep Going - Part 2
“You can do it!”
“Don’t stop now!”
Inspiring words to read but incredibly difficult to live when you feel like you have run out of steam.
PATIENCE is not just waiting. Patience is how we wait, it is why we wait and what we are waiting for. "Patience is the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint or loss of temper. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or frustration when confronted with delay." [dictionary definition].
When we understand that our human nature is prone to quit, it should help us understand how important it is to keep going.
So, how do we know whether it’s time to QUIT or time to KEEP GOING?
The Bible tells us that there is “A Time for Everything”
“For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace."
[Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 New Living Translation]
In his book, “Necessary Endings”, Dr. Henry Cloud writes,
“There is a big difference between hurt and harm. We all hurt sometimes in facing hard truths, but it makes us grow. It can be the source of huge growth. That is not harmful. Harm is when you damage someone. Facing reality is usually not a damaging experience, even though it can hurt.”
There is a time of necessary endings, and there is a time to keep going. Sometimes we just need to push through the pain barrier. Sometimes we just need to withstand the pain of constancy.
In his book, “Leadership Pain”, Sam Chand writes,
“You’ll grow only to the threshold of your pain.” He also writes, “Growth = Change, Change = Loss, Loss = Pain. Therefore, Growth = Pain"
Sometimes we just need to push through the pain barrier.
Pain barriers can be…
- Physical: painful to the weak
- Emotional: painful to the broken
- Relational: painful to the unreconciled
- Social: painful to the shy
- Financial: painful to the sower [sowing can be painful but it is never harmful]
We need motivation to keep going.
Father God in Heaven wants you to know...
- He believes in you [keep going]!
- You can do this [keep going]!
- He is with you [keep going]!