When the Going gets Tough

Some days are harder than others.

Some days just seem to require a lot more oomph to get going.

But if we give in to that desire to drop everything and stay put, we won’t get anything accomplished.

The Christian walk is like that sometimes.

Let’s be honest, some days the broad way appears more spacious, smoother even and downright easier; for one you won’t feel lonely. There are lots of people on the broad path.

By contrast, the narrow way is filled with bumps and potholes. In fact, the smooth parts are few and far between. And because it’s narrow, you’ve got to put in a lot more effort to keep your balance. Some days it’s just downright difficult.

Nevertheless we were warned about the broad road. Matthew 7:13 (KJV) reminds us, “Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction…”

The path Christ walked while on Earth, was not an easy one; so why should we expect otherwise.

Paul described the Christian walk in Phillipians 3:14 (NIV), “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward…”

The word “press” suggests concerted effort on the part of the participant. It implies that moving forward is not easy, yet he or she pushes steadily forward, one step at a time.

Thankfully, God is with us every step of the way. “God is our…strength…” Psalm 46:1.

We may fall from time to time, but through the daily renewing of our minds, we are emboldened to move forward, placing one foot in front of the other, inching closer to the finish line.

While it may look like the easy way out, let’s not give up. There’s a crown awaiting us and we wouldn’t want to miss out.

We want to be able to say like Paul, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)

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