Happy Day 2 of Another 100 Days of Hannah, and Day 2 of 2021!
Is anyone else terrified by this word?
If I’m honest, a lot of times I have a really hard time with the thought of making New Years resolutions.
Or, any goal really.
Because, despite what it may look like, I struggle to achieve goals that I set for myself.
Like every good resolution, things start out well. I have lots of motivation and determination to achieve my goal, until, at some point, I hit a road block.
Sometimes its a physical roadblock, like literally not having enough energy or resources to proceed.
But more often, it’s a mental or emotional roadblock, where my focus wanes or my desires shift.
And so, I often find myself hesitating to set goals – especially publicly, for fear that I will fail in achieving them and therein disappoint those around me.
As I think through my inherent distaste for goals, however, I am reminded of my scripture reading from this morning from James (I finally made it through Hebrews!!)
James 1:2-4 (TPT)
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested, it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then, as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.
Or, as it is more commonly quoted:
Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines endurance: as the ability to withstand hardship or adversity, especially, the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.
It’s a long haul word.
It’s pushing on when the conditions are hard.
It’s staying the course when the road is long.
It’s being faithful when it would be easier to lose faith.
It’s remaining hopeful when all you see calls for despair.
It’s not fun.
It’s not easy.
But the promise?
The promise is completion, wholeness, perfection.
The promise is life.
From here, the question is begged: how do we endure?
In one of my favorite passages from Hebrews, we are exhorted:
Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
Our endurance in this life is found, not in our own strength, determination, or merit, but in Christ.
He alone is our strength and our shield. (Psalm 28:7)
He is our refuge, our fortress. (Psalm 91:2)
He is our song and our salvation. (Exodus 15:2)
He is the alpha and the omega, the author and the perfecter (finisher), the beginning and the end. (Revelation 1:8)
And so, while I struggle – immensely – with all things endurance, I can rest, assured that He who began [this] good work…will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:6)
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The Sprint Within the Marathon
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