Just like falling off the monkey bars, it can be very tempting to let go when things seem too difficult. But Jesus calls us to be people of hope during trying times, writes Dave Jorna. Source: The Bridge.
Recently, my 10-year-old son stepped up to the monkey bars for his third attempt in a row. His first couple of tries lasted only two rungs before he let go. This time, however, he knew it was going to hurt his hands and he was ready for it.
He knew how much it meant to him to get all the way to the end without falling off – and he focused on his goal. He then reached out to the first bar, gritted his teeth, made the “I’m pushing through the pain noise” and swung for the next bar. This extra sense of inner strength enabled him to keep going until the very end, even though he had previously believed he wasn’t strong enough to make it.
Just like falling off the monkey bars, it can be very tempting to let go when things seem too difficult. I’m sure we all know someone who would love to “let go” of 2020 and start all over again, and understandably too.
It’s during these tough, trying times that Jesus is calling us to be people of hope and, in doing so, to take up our cross and follow Him.
Even though the weight of our crosses may vary, hope provides the strength and resolve we need to keep moving forward. It is the strength deep within the core of your being that cannot and will not be defeated, no matter what comes your way.
Dave Jorna is the founder and director of Project Hatch, a facilitation team providing leadership and retreat experiences promoting staff and student wellbeing, resilience and spirituality. Dave is also founder and host of the Do Life Better podcast
Do not be afraid. Be hopeful instead. (The Bridge)