“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].
It was the morning of Newport Beach Junior Life Guards try outs. Our 9 year old daughter London Eternity hadn’t been swimming for months. We had been busy and also figured it might not be good to alarm her. That morning was one to remember. Lots of kids turned up in the mini Olympic swim gear. I had forgotten London’s goggles. Each swimmer was timed in their lane. One little girl who had all the gear of a winner simply broke down half way through the try out. She stopped. Her mother yelled. She cried. It was over. They had been in training for months and the pressure was too much.
As a parent I had failed to remember goggles and oh, a few laps in the pool before the try out, but one thing for sure, my little girl knew she could do it and we kept cheering her on poolside that she could do it. Words of encouragement go far further with kids than shouts of discouragement or embarrassment.
London made it [thank goodness]!
We all need someone to help us keep going when we want to give up.
The Little Engine That Could is an illustrated children's book that became widely known in the United States after publication in 1930. The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work.
In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain. Larger engines, are asked to pull the train; but for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: "I-think-I-can". The story of the little engine has been told and retold many times. The underlying theme is the same … always “think you can.”
“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.” [Galatians 6:9-10 The Message]
Matthew Henry’s Bible commentary on Galatians 6:9 makes some interesting observations…
1. There is in all of us too great a proneness to grow weary in duty … particularly in doing good to others.
2. In due season we shall reap, if we faint not, because we are assured of a recompense of reward in reserve for all who sincerely employ themselves [keep going] in well doing.
3. This reward will certainly be bestowed on us in the proper season – if not in this world, yet undoubtedly in the next.
4. If we grow weary of it, and withdraw from it, we shall not only miss this reward, but we will lose the comfort and advantage of what we have already done …
5. If we hold on and hold out in well-doing, though our reward may be delayed … it will surely come, and will be so abundant, it will far exceed the pain of constancy.
The question to mediate on this week is this … can I withstand the pain of constancy?
Yes I can.
Yes you can.
Yes we can.