A sixth grader told me today that he does not have time to do anything fun anymore.
I wanted to lecture him on how life will get a lot harder and if he is overwhelmed now, well he has a lot to learn…
But then God showed me that this was his reality, He was overwhelmed with the simplest of tasks, It was silly but how often do we do this with our lives.
When I was five, I remember being overwhelmed when my favorite TV program wouldn’t come on. In high School, I felt anxiety if I did not fit in and in college having to work and go to school I thought was unbearable.
I now realize that my life was simple in those times and I did not even realize it, my perception was off. I know that the struggles I went through as a child grew me to be able to handle the complexities as an adult.
If I did not learn that that I don’t always get my way, I would be spoiled.
If I did not learn that I don’t need to fit in, I would never know my value.
And if I were not stretched in school, I would never know what it means to work hard and be a man.
I am realizing that life is a series of moments that are challenging, and you look to the next moment to be easier, but it is usually harder. When God knows that we are ready for the next level he will push us and grow us to that next level. Does a weightlifter stop when he reaches half his goal? No.
God sees us as finished, complete, and ready for the fullness of our ministry, but we are not there yet, so we must grow.
Let us be encouraged to push against opposition, lift our weight, and never admit defeat. Let us realize that we have the ability to win. Growing is painful and uncomfortable, but the outcome is worth it. Even if our life seems unbearable, overwhelming, let us trust that God is bigger and that victory is just around the corner.