There are some days – like today, for me – when you’re just not feeling it. whether it’s too cloudy or rainy, too cold or hot, Monday or just a lazy day, you don’t always feel like giving the day your all. Congratulations, you’re normal! But today, I want to challenge you to see these days as your greatest opportunity to propel yourself to the next level of life.
In Luke 6:32 – 35, Jesus talks about the ease of doing things that are … easy, but there’s benefit to doing the “hard” stuff. An athlete doesn’t win without training. Ask any great competitor and they’ll tell you that success is achieved through hard work and discipline. Entertainers, business leaders and other accomplished people agree: Progress doesn’t happen without resistance. Lately, God has really been dealing with me and inviting me to rise early in the morning to spend quiet time with Him. Truth be told, this is nothing new between me and God. Unfortunately, I’ve turned down this invitation a few times in the past or I simply didn’t stick with it. The good news is that God hasn’t and will never give up on me or you as long as we have breath in our lungs and blood in our veins (Heb. 13:5, Phil. 1:6).
I don’t want to go on and on, but I can assure you that stepping outside of your comfort zone and following God’s lead, especially when it’s hard, is the BEST position you can be in. God has revealed things to me during our quiet time that don’t come via sitting in church once a week while halfway listening. In this short amount of time, not only has He provided clearer direction for my life, but He’s presented new and unexpected opportunities along this path. I don’t believe that I would be where I am today had I continued to dismiss God’s voice and settle for “business as usual” in my Christian walk. This is not because God would’ve punished me, but because without the Holy Spirit as a guide, I’m completely lost, missing every good thing God has to offer.
I believe God knows our discomforts and sees our sacrifice (Prov. 5:21). And although we don’t do things just to get something in return from Him; it is His nature to reward us when we are obedient in seeking Him (Psa. 34:10). Getting to higher levels of life and experiencing true Christianity requires discipline. Though the process can be difficult at times, the reward of living life in abundance – that’s financial freedom, peace, forgiveness, charity, health, a sound mind, etc. – is worth the sacrifice (John 10:10). Trust me!
Kirby N. McKinney