You can’t finish unless you start and you can’t complete unless you continue.
What are you living for? Anything worth living for is worth fighting for and anything worth fighting for is worth dying for. How much are your goals really worth? Are you willing to fight for them? What’s most important in your life?
I believe that relationships are the most important and hardest investment we’ll ever make in our lives. From our relationship with Christ to our relationship with complete strangers. A relationship is a two way road, what are you willing to give? How long do you intend on fighting for it?
How many times has it been that you’ve just given up on a relationship, just shaken your head and given it up as hopeless? Their love is worth more than that! They are worth fighting for!
Are you fed up with giving up? Tired of shaking your head, shrugging your shoulders, tired of hopeless relationships that aren’t going anywhere? Well…there’s hope!
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:13
Nothing is utterly impossible, Christ has given us the strength to conquer any obstacle. When we shake our head and say, “it can’t be done,” we’re saying that God’s strength and might has a limit, which it does not!
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Are you giving all that you can? Have you laid down your life for that friend who needs your companionship very much? Or are you sucked up in how you want to feel, and how you want to be treated and how they aren’t doing that?
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
What are you seeking first? Is it your video games, movies, books, letters, jobs, shallow relationships (those that are in the we’re-not-going-to-get-to-know-each-other-and-we’re-nice-to-each-other-and-we-like-that stage)? Or is it the Kingdom of God, family, dominion work, relationships that matter and are going to stand the tests of time?
Maybe you are losing strength to fight those battles, maybe you are running out of energy to fight for those relationships. But you want to know why? Because they aren’t what you’re seeking fist. Something else is coming before them, and trust me they can tell that, so they give up too.
“You can tell the size of the man by the size of the problem that gets him down.” -Unknown-
When something comes first in your life, you give everything to keep it, to grow it, to earn it’s trust. Whether you run out of energy or not, you keep fighting, whether you have to drag yourself across that proverbial floor or not, you keep fighting, whether the way becomes monotonous or the road never seems to end you keep fighting for it! Why? Because it’s what you’re living for!
What’s the worth of your goal to you? What’s the price of the obstetrical that stands in your way? If the worth of the stumbling stone is more than the goal than you can forget it. You’ll never accomplish any goal unless it’s more important to you than anything in the world. Goals were designed as stepping stones to the ultimate goal, which should always be (Christian or not) Christ.
If you’re not fighting for anything than you’re not living.
I want to get this clear before we move on. I’m not saying that the right road is the easy road, in fact if “easy” were measured by how many of the people in the world liked you or how much money you had, the right road is the last one you want to take. Why? Because, “…he that is not of God hearth not us” (I John 4:6) that also means that they really don’t like us “Marvel not my brethren if the world hate you.” (1 John 3:13)…but that’s another story for a whole different article.
Christ uses trials to train, correct, and mold us into the ambassadors he wants us to be. Those who are at peace with the world and man meaning no trials, usually are rather weak, in fact when trials do come they are the first ones to go. So praise God for your tough situations, those relationships which seem so hard to win, because the ones that you really fight for are the ones that will stand in the end. So in every trial look for the sunshine.
I’m sure we all have a child, sibling or parent that drives us nuts. When something happens, stop for a second, breath and look at the sunshine. I assure you there’s some in every trial just like there’s some in every person. So look, search and dig as if for treasure, in every person, you’ll find it.
Giving up is the easiest road out of every problem, but not in the long run. The real treasure comes at the finish line when endurance pays off. When you decided to stick by that guy you really disliked in the beginning through the battle, and you come out at the end the closest of friends.
So keep your chin up and keep forward. You can’t finish unless you start and you can’t complete unless you continue. So find the goal worth having and get to the finish line, you’ll find it was all worth it.
What you can see right now isn’t the future, but when you get to the future and look back, those are memories you’ll keep with you forever, make sure they’re good ones.