We had just gotten back from our family vacation. I was exhausted. Although I had 7 hours of sleep that night, I woke up feeling like it just wasn't enough! Within a few minutes of opening my eyes, my husband jumped up and asked THE QUESTION: “ready to go to the gym?”.
‘(Sigh)…Just what I needed, to be in the gym’ I thought to myself. But in honour of my commitment, I got up and headed out the door.
We were feeling pretty good as we were doing our squats together; he was motivating me, and I was motivating him. But then he suddenly decided to throw on 50 pound weights onto the bar. I looked at him as if he was crazy! “50 pounds, really? I can't even lift that thing, let alone squat with it!” I just couldn't fathom putting myself under that much pressure. I honestly didn't think I could do it!
Have you ever found yourself in a predicament where you've felt like screaming if one more thing were to be added to your plate? Or, you've literally felt the walls of your life caving in on you, not knowing how to escape?
Pressure. Hardship. Trials.
Faintly I could hear my husband saying, “You don't like challenges do you?”
The more I reflected on his comment, the more I realized that he’s right, I don't like challenges. But that's not to say that I shouldn't embrace them.
The Apostle James tells us to consider it a sheer gift when challenges arise because they’re opportunities for our endurance to grow. And as it grows, it becomes fully developed and mature (James 1:3-4). In other words, challenges are good for us! As our endurance grows, we develop perseverance, strength, and character. We become fully developed individuals; women moving onto perfection, lacking absolutely nothing!
With this new attitude shift, guess what I did the very next day? Yes, those squats with 50 pound weights! After all, it will be a good start to embracing those weighty things I face in my everyday life.
Embracing the challenges in our life is key; key to our own growth as women and key to our success as believers. May this truth govern our attitude towards the next hard thing presented in our lives. As our attitude changes, know that this in itself is a distinct sign of maturity. Go ahead girl, embrace life's hardships; they only come to make you stronger!
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
(Romans 5:3-4 NLT)