Thursday, March 08, 2012
Doing Hard Things
Yet, in avoiding what is hard or difficult, we may miss a breakthrough.A basketball coach that I admire, who borrowed it from a military general, used to say, "I want my players to fear me more than the opponent. That way the game will be easy for them."
This is what I’ve learned. I have also experienced moments when I realized that my fear was keeping me bogged down and stuck.Often, when I take a step toward doing what is hard, I have experienced breakthroughs. At times, I have realized there is great joy in persevering. At other times, I found that God gave me strength where I thought I had none.
Fear never results in freedom.
So here is what I am trying to do. I want to look fear in the eye. I want to look at the situation that I am avoiding (or rationalizing) and take one step in the right direction. Is this something that you need to do as well?
Look fear in the eye and then step into it. Trust that God will be with you (read chapter one in the book of Joshua). Thank God for that first step and then take another. At the end of the day, know that you’ve made real progress. Is the situation fixed? Is it better? Not necessarily. You, however, will not be the same. In fact, you are breaking free.
That quote came to mind when I read this post, as did this bit of scripture:
Proverbs 9:9-11:There is a good reason not to treat God like a cosmic buddy.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.