One thing I’ve learned is that just as soon as you think you’ve dug as deep as it can go, life will absolutely create the need for you to dig deeper.
Husband deployed and you’ve just started to get that under control? Expect to have to start doing dishes by hand because the dishwasher is about to go down.
Got the kids on an awesome school schedule, think you have figured out? Someone is going to need tutoring. And get sick.
When you’ve decided to give your marriage all you can, you’re going to find even more is needed.
I’ve seen it over and over again personally. It’s like you digdeeper, you give your all, I mean, you’re proud of yourself for trying so hard, hello!
And you find you’re out of gas. That’s when life’s like, OK! now digdeeper, stuff about to get even more serious.
And we’re over here like, where am I supposed to be digging? I’m at rock bottom. And dang, isn’t my all enough?
Here’s some encouragement from James today. It’s a play on Elsa, so bear with me.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way consider it an opportunity for great joy.
That’s really, really optimistic of you James. I mean, great joy? Is that a stretch at all? And…of any kind? Really? No discernment there? Are you sure James?
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
When my faith in _____ is tested that means my endurance in _____ has a chance to grow?
Let me see here.
You’re saying when my parenting is tested, it’s a chance for it to get better?
When my patience is tested, it’s a chance for it to grow?
When my marriage is tested, it’s a time for it to grow?
When my energy is tested, when I feel drained but keep on, it’s a chance for me to grow and see what I’m really capable of?
So, if I can recognize that each test, each time I’m feeling that there’s no more to dig out, that I’m fresh out of more to give, is an opportunity to grow… If I can recognize that I will come out on the other side better, then maybe it’ll change my approach? Maybe, I can take the reins? I mean, I know I can use some more endurance. I can always use some more endurance.
So, let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Oh, James, I see what you’ve done there. I see that you’ve taken the goal post away! There’s no perfect and complete this side of heaven! #rude
Yet, I see what you mean. Each trouble will get me closer. Each trouble will get me a little smarter. A little more battle tested. I’ll grow each trouble. Grow in wisdom, grow in experience, grow in endurance. Then maybe I’ll look a little closer like the person I want to be. Like the wife I want to be. Like the mom I want to be. Like the daughter I want to be. Like the coach I want to be. Like the friend I want to be.
My endurance will allow me to laugh at the days to come, without fear of the future. My endurance will cause a little chuckle each time the ridiculousness of life peeps in. My endurance will allow me to possibly see each opportunity to dig a little deeper as a short term battle for a long term win.
So, ladies, on this Fierce Faith Friday, LET IT GROW! Let it groooooow! Let the endurance grow. Accept that the trouble are going to come. Let’s all lock arms together and understand our friends and neighbors and sisters are facing troubles everyday. Let’s keep digging, keep growing! Together.
What are you growing in today?