Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Today was Carson’s first track meet. It was a beautiful day; sunny, blue skies, 80 degrees. We were all excited to see Carson run. In fifty years of living, I’d never been to a track meet, and I was eager for the experience.
We got to the meet as they were announcing Carson’s first event, the Two Mile Run, eight times around the track. It was a lot of running, but Carson held his own and finished respectfully. But he was tired. His little face was red, and he was worn out. He sat down in the bleachers with us for awhile, catching his breath. He was scheduled to run the One Mile a little later, but he was considering not … he said he was too tired to do it.
I told him he needed to go ahead and do the hard thing … he needed to run the race. His dad and I did not teach him to give up, that yes, he was tired, but that with some Gator Aid and a snack, he’d get his energy back and he could run the race. And he did! And he did even better in the second race. I was so proud of him!
The boys are reading a book by Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things. Alex and Brett were nineteen years old when they wrote about their desire to start a teenage rebellion against low expectations. Not the normal rebellion. But they are not normal teenagers. Their message uses biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life, not a vacation from responsibility that has been the underlying theme for so many, for so long.
We have many examples of young people doing hard things in the Bible. My favorite is David. I image it was pretty hard for David to face Goliath with just a sling and five stones. David was a teenager … Goliath was a grown man, a very large grown man. But God was with him. And David was the victor. And the course of history was changed. (I Samuel 17)
This is a great message to teach our children, but it’s also the attitude that we need to adopt as well.
So my question for you today … what hard thing is waiting for you?
Father, enable me to embrace the difficult aspects on this journey with you. I don’t want to take the easy road … I want to learn and grow and step out of my comfort zone into the life that you have planned for me. I want to fulfill my purpose through you. And Jesus, thank you for giving Carson the endurance to finish the race.
I love you!
In Jesus Name I Pray,
God’s Blessings Upon You!
The Choices You Make Today …
Will Affect Your Tomorrow!