“You need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36
A Real Story.
I got this text message from an article written by Dr. Jayshree Shukla and I started translating it and processing its message. Read it carefully.
Physical Distancing is a privilege. It means you live in a house large enough to practice it.
Hand washing is a privilege too. It means you have access to running water.
Hand sanitizers are a privilege. It means you have money to buy them.
Lockdowns are a privilege. It means you can afford to be at home.
Most of the ways to ward the Corona off are accessible only to a portion of the people.
In essence, a disease that was spread by people traveling around the world will now touch millions of others.
Whoever is able to practice physical distancing and are able to impose a lockdown on themselves must appreciate this privilege.
Many people won’t be able to do any of this.
To which extent were you provoked by this? Personally, it extremely affected me! You might be feeling thankful and grateful. You might even be trying to apply what’s been mentioned above. Or you may lack the essential supplies to follow the above instructions. Whatever your situation is today, whatever your struggles are, do not panic! Meditate with me about the following, knowing that God will give you hope and power.
Surrendering is usually the easiest path to choose. Just give up. Go back to the comfort and convenience of mediocrity. Forget about your dream, your passions, and even your goal in this life. Surrender to reality, surrender to the opposition and give way to obstacles that crawl into your life. As some Lebanese proverbs would say: “walk alongside the walls, to reach home” or “running away is two-thirds of manhood.”
However, effective people are able to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks because they never surrender to the storms around them. They never quit. Despite the growing criticism and the overwhelming obstacles, they persevere with determined resolve and patiently wait. They neglect to raise the white flag and bury their head in the sand in an attempt to escape reality.
Great power is embodied in positive persistence and perseverance. The race is not always won by the fastest; the game is not always won by the strongest. Instead, the one who keeps on persisting and persevering will receive “what was promised.” Consider the postage stamp. The simple stamp that sticks to a package or letter, regardless of the circumstances, perseveres until it gets the mail to its sought destination.
I need you to imagine as if you’re on a sports team, during the break when the coach is giving you and the team a pep talk:
“When you are tempted to quit; resist with patience! Endure in the battle until you’ve emerged victorious. Press on in the face of every reason to withdraw and submit. Until the war is over, face it and fight till the end of the battle. Until the race is finished, keep running. Until the wall is built, keep stacking bricks. Never surrender. The promises of God are always at the end. Therefore, do not quit, nor despair. Do not Surrender.”
It is always too soon to quit, so don’t! Keep persevering and striving. Keep persisting and succeeding.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ali Khalil joined RREACH in 2016 to help with the GProCongress follow up efforts. Today, he helps manage the Media and Technology teams at RREACH.