Run with endurance!
Our son has started flag football for our school these past few weeks. He had played in a different league in the years past and this year he gets to play for our school. Because of this, he has a different coach.
He had come back from practice one day feeling kinda down. He was asked to run the same course over and over. He was pretty wiped out. He didn’t see the point of the method and was thinking about his past coach would run practices a little differently. He adores both of his coaches but he was having trouble understanding.
I reminded him that each coach is different and they might have a different method. I asked him to consider the reason that his coach would have him repeat that route over and over. Could it be to build stamina and endurance? Could it be so that when the play actually happened in a game, it would be flawless and ingrained in him so he could execute it really well? He was willing to consider that, but he was still not really getting it.
The next day he came back from practice feeling really good. He got to do some different things and got some praise from the coach.
I asked him if he could think of a life lesson to apply. How could he also consider it related to faith? (Poor kid! He has a mom who thinks in metaphors all the time! Lol)
He said he could see how building endurance would be necessary to go to the next level in college football. He could see how the method of his coach might not be understood by him but that there was a reason.
Yay! I said absolutely! Sometimes we do not understand why we continue to go through a situation. It might feel like a hardship and it might be exhausting. God is at work and if we can keep a good attitude even when we don’t understand, it builds our character, our endurance, and our stamina. It will prepare us for the next level in life and He knows what the next level will be and how prepared we need to be for it! Trusting that God has a plan and that even though we don’t see it or understand it in the moment, He is preparing us for good things!
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, Colossians 1:11
Sometimes looking at things in a simple day-to-day way helps me grab a hold of a concept better.
I pray that whatever area you are building endurance, you are relying on God and trusting that He has a way to take you to the next level!