Yeah, I know that’s not the real line-When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But, for some reason I think this seems appropriate:
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH-THE TOUGH PUT ON OUR BIG GIRL PANTS
You see, I’ve been faced with many trials in my life…we all have haven’t we?
I’ve run a few half marathons. Half marathons are 13.1 miles long. 13.1 miles of running. Do you know how many steps that is? Around 16,532 steps of running.
For me, it takes a few minutes over 2 hours to complete a half.
Over 2 hours of running at one time ya’ll.
Running in itself is not hard. Setting the goals and working towards them are not that hard.
It’s when it gets tough, when you feel like quitting, feel like walking, is when the real test comes in.
It’s the rain, the freezing cold, the burning up, and the dark that make it difficult… and the pizza the night before.
At mile 10 is when it usually kicks in for me. The first three miles, people are cheering you on, lining the roads. Then, by mile 6 that’s a pretty good distance for me. I ran that distance 5 times a week in college. No big deal. It’s mile 9 and 10 that gets you. No one is there.
One race in particular I remember being surrounded by nothing but corn fields and hills.
This is where the rubber meets the road. Do you walk? Do you quit? Do you stop? I had one person at mile 9 supposedly cheering us on, “You paid for this people. Get moving.”
If only I had a tomato.
Goals: We don’t pick goals because they are easy.
We pick them because they are worth it.
It’s like this all our lives. Goals made, we either reach them or we don’t. And the ones that are tough, it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to quit.
- career recognition
The list goes on and on. But what happens when we don’t meet the goal?
What happens when…it’s hard?
When you don’t feel like doing it anymore?
When you hit a wall?
When, try as you might, you aren’t succeeding?
Well, that’s the thing. It has to be expected.
If it were easy, well, everyone would be doing it.
If it were easy, well, then it’s not really worth fighting for.
The easy stuff, yay rah. Good for me. I did it.
It’s the tough stuff that builds the character in us.
You don’t stop.
You don’t quit.
You put your head down, and dig in deep. Because on the other side of this mud is glory. Make it through the muck, the mire, the hard, the painful, the tired, the unseemable stuff, then we reach our goal.
And along with achieving our goal, we attain something else.
Character. Perseverance. Patience. Long-Suffering (yeah, the long-suffering is just that-long).
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Go big or go home. It’s that simple.
I choose goals that I’ve prayed over, that I’ve talked with the hubby over, and over things that challenge me. If it’s easy, well then, I do it on my own strength. But it’s the big stuff, the hard stuff, that’s where the great stuff comes.
Ephesians 3: 20-21
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
This is where God gets to show up and show out. And I love every single second of it!
I don’t know if you need this or not, mercy knows I do. So, I’ve made a cheer up for us, it’s really original.
Ra Ra Ree
Kick em in the Knee
Ra Ra Rass
Kick em in the Other Knee
(Come on, you didn’t know where that one was going did you? Get your head out of the gutter :P)
So, whatever you’ve got going on, whatever goal you’ve set, whatever job you are doing… give it all you’ve got. And let God do the rest!