Do you ever think—like I do—that all the talking and writing and teaching about “fulfilling your destiny” and “dreaming big dreams” doesn't always work? In fact, hearing those phrases might make some folks—like you and me—feel badly about themselves?
Why? Because the troubles attacking us, our families, our churches and our nation take every ounce of strength and faith we have to simply get through each day without falling apart. We have no power left over for dreams and visions and goals for the future.
At certain times in our lives the pressures mount past the ceiling of our ability to dream. Jesus knew these times would come when he told the parable of the two houses. He spoke of the “winds and floods and rains that beat vehemently upon that house.” And Paul even wrote once that “the problems were so heavy, I despaired of life!”
If you’re experiencing a test that’s taking ALL your energy and ALL your faith simply to hold fast to the truth that God is good and he’s on your side, don’t feel badly that you’re not moving toward those sparkling aspiration with huge strides. Accept God’s grace for this fiery ordeal. And then rest in his love.
*Not quitting is sometimes the same as winning first place!
*Not walking away is sometimes a huge victory!
*Not giving up is sometimes worth a trophy!
Better days will show up on the calendar. The sun will shine again. Trials and tests don’t last forever. But in the meantime, let yourself be okay with using ALL your energy and what wee bit of strength you have to simply hold fast.
“Hold fast to the profession of your faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 4:14).
If you are having one of those days, weeks or years in your life, I want you to know that I care, Jesus cares, and He is here to help you. You don't need to share details, but if you'd like me to pray for you, simply say "I am," or "yes" in the comment box and I will bring you to the throne of God's grace when I pray.