Well, I’m back. It’s been a long month of thinking, seeking, waiting, and processing. And here’s what God has been teaching me…
I read the book Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, a book about rebelling against the low expectations that our society has for teens. They introduce the idea of a rebelution — to change the way others, and ourselves, view the teenage years, and to use these years to do hard unimaginable things, to be purposeful instead of lazy. (check out their website — click here)
Recently, through that book and my own convictions, God has taught me to do hard things for him. I love to try new things, but usually after a while I get tired of it or it gets a lot harder than I thought it would and I just get lazy. I know that’s not the right attitude to have. Life is hard so I should expect that anything worthwhile is going to have difficulties. The difficult parts create character, build muscle, build talent, strengthen faith, and make me a better and stronger woman for God to use.
I came to reconcile that hard things do exist, that doing hard things will make me a better person, and knowing that I will become lazy and will fail by my own strength. So what was there to do? What else but rely on God’s strength and not my own.
One of the memory verses we had last week in Mexico was Isaiah 40:28-31, and it encouraged me so much!
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (NASB)
I also read through Isaiah 41 which was also very encouraging. I really like Isaiah 41: 9-10.
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (NIV)
God will strengthen me. I need to be committed to the plans that he has for me — to carry them through to the end, even when they seem impossible, because nothing is impossible with God. I need to believe with all of my heart that he has plans for me — plans for me to succeed, plans for me to prosper.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
I’ll be praying that I commit to the Lord everything that I do and that I will not get lazy, but instead, rely on him for the strength to do hard things.