When the going gets tough… the tough get going.
I’ve wondered how do the tough do it? How in the world do the so called “tough” people just “get it done” when all you want to do it quit.
It’s so easy to look at others, see their life through their Instagram feed or Snap chat story, and admire the “togetherness” of their life.
They eat better food than me – they must have it together.
They have a healthy relationship – they must have it together.
Their pictures look so professional – they must have it together.
They travel to really cool places – they must have it together.
They work out and live so happy – they must have it together.
They post pictures of them reading their bible – they must have it together.
You know what I’ve discovered in the sick mental game we, I, can play with myself? When I think “they must have it together” I am really saying – “they must be better than me.”
I automatically throw myself into the comparison game.
The crazy part is, half the time you probably don’t even realize you do it. It’s looking at someone’s highlight reel and unconsciously thinking that you have to get on that “level” to somehow achieve something great?
What’s, even more, fun is when you are walking through a season of waiting and see you the very things you’ve been praying and asking God for – SOMEONE ELSE IS GETTING YOUR PRAYER ANSWERED FOR THEM.
Well, that just threw you into fifth orbit.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
You know what, you are tough. When it seems like everyone else’s life is so great and perfect, GREAT! LET THEM LIVE THEIR LIVES AND START LIVING YOURS.
When I am walking through a season or time of committing to prayer things that are laid on my heart – I gotta keep walking. It gets tiring, it can actually get annoying (sorry, God. Hehe). It can get lonely. It can get to a point where you feel like you are overlooked and forgotten about.
Which, it be perfectly transparent, is something that I struggled with growing up. Does God even know my name? Does He even care?
Bless my younger self. Haha!
Thank God for His Word because it has tamed this coo-coo bird time and time again. 🙂
I was reading Psalm 37 awhile back when I decided that I was going to start slipping into that comparison game and believing that I wasn’t tough enough to keep walking out in faith what I have been believing God for.
In Psalm 37 David writes, “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be no envious of wrongdoers…”
He is talking about people who do wrong, obviously. But when reading this, it was a heart check for me not to fret or be envious over RIGHT-doers. 😉 Cause honestly, what is the point?
Is it beneficial? Is it life-giving? HECK NO.
Comparison takes our eyes off of God when our heart’s desire is for our eyes to never leave Him.
It stops you right in your tracks, and you’re stuck. Stuck is your selfishness, offense, bitterness, envy.
A couple verses down David lays plainly what my (our) responsibility is, (vs.3-4) “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Trust in the Lord.
Dwell in the land (His presence)
Befriend faithfulness (His refuge).
Delight in Him.
All of these things, I have found are MY choice. My responsibility.
When the going gets tough, this is what I hold onto.
When I feel like my emotions are spinning out of control and I don’t know what to do.
When comparison enters my heart, this is how it exits.
I trust, I do, I dwell, I befriend, and I delight.
Have my prayers been answered that I have been talking to God about? Nope. They have not. Not yet.
But does that mean He hasn’t answered other prayers? Does that mean that He has forgotten about me? Does that mean He has overlooked the desires of my heart?
God knows what He is doing. God sees farther and knows more than me. I trust that.
I know what my responsibility is when the going gets tough, and for every day beyond that for that matter.
Whatever you are trusting God for, God promises that when we do our part (vs.3-4) – it is not a one and done deal… it’s a commitment to trust, do, dwell, befriend, and delight day in and day out. THEN He will give us the DESIRES OF HEART.
Keep trusting, doing, dwelling, befriending, and delighting you tough one, you.
(keep reading Ps. 37 cause its bomb)