Perseverance.

I find it interesting that when ever you start to really focus on one thing, something ends up interrupting it. It could be homework, studying, a quiet moment alone, or time in the word. It seems as if no one has called or emailed all day, and then.. BAM. 4 new text messages, and your grandmother is calling, and we all know we can’t ignore that phone call.

When you sit down for a quiet moment, hot coffee in hand, or perhaps a good book, or even when you’re trying to spend time in the word – have you noticed the quiet distractions? Those distractions in your head that suddenly appear that weren’t there five minutes ago? Thoughts appear of how you have to get the bathroom scrubbed before this weekend, or that you forgot to make your bed this morning, or that you have suddenly noticed the accumulation of dust in your house.

Am I the only one here?

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I find it most intense when I am sitting with my bible open, hot coffee in hand, and I begin to pray. The thought’s are fairly loud. Why is it that when we are walking, or running, towards Jesus, we suddenly get distracted by our cell phones, computers, our thoughts, or from the people around us?

We are called to be self disciplined not only in body, but in mind and spirit as well.

There are moments where I will compare my life and my season to someone else’s season, and I immediately feelΒ less than. You know what I mean? I think to myself, “I have friend’s who are the same age as me and are already done with college.”, or I think to myself, “Wow, she seem’s so joyful, she must have it all together.”. In these moments, I am not remembering what Christ has brought me through. My journey is different from everyone else’s journey because His will for my life is specific to me. The same goes for you.

These are the thoughts that get us, and get us good. We think these doubtful, insecure thoughts like we don’t trust in the place God has us. Β We are either looking back to the past, too far forward to our future, or to the side and watching how other’s live their lives.

Let’s not allow our insecurities to keep us from pushing forward. Let’s not allow our doubt’s to hold us back. Let’s use these to push harder through those wavering moments. There is a reason for every season that you go through. It’s frustrating, but you usually don’t figure out why you are where you are until you’re in the next season.

So reign it in. Be steadfast. Be encouraged to keep pushing forward, because this too shall pass.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2, NIV


T.

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