I was out running this morning and this thought crossed my mind, “Sometimes you just have to MAKE yourself do it!” In fact, I started thinking about everything that supposedly makes me healthier and helps me to live more fully in my divine story, and they all require me saying, “No,” to the easy things, and “Yes,” to something more difficult.
The truth is: every endeavor that opens us to a fuller version of ourselves requires us to take steps we don’t naturally want to make. That doesn’t mean there isn’t joy in it; it doesn’t mean you won’t experience an epic transformation in the process, but your flesh is not going to like it on the way.
I know, I know…not such good news! But wait…
The Apostle Paul described the battle this way, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? …So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as on beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control…” (1 Corinthians 9:24, 26-27, ESV) Sure doesn’t sound fun, does it?!
Your enemy knows this, and so he will give you every out you need. In fact, if you’ve noticed, every visionary choice you could make, there are literally dozens of other choices that would be easier.
Whether we like it or not, doing the right thing comes with difficult choices. I wish I could tell you that becoming what God says you are is natural and easy…it’s not. BUT, I can tell you this, it IS what you want. Yes; the desire to fulfill your various God-given assignments already resides in you. God wired into the core of your being the aspiration, the longing, to be the best version of your story you can be.
This is exactly where the joy of living comes from: it’s when we overcome our natural instincts for the higher calling placed within. When we say, “Yes,” a new experience of joy erupts from our soul. And from that point on, the victory automatically fuels our future passion so that we can go to new heights.
Haven’t you ever noticed it yourself that obedience tends to beget obedience? This is how the scripture describes it: “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”(2 Corinthians 9:6, ESV) You can’t experience abundance without the initial and difficult choice of “sowing.”
Of course, all this talk is all well and good, until I am overwhelmed with guilt when I don’t do what I know I’m called to do. We might even sink lower by thinking, “Why try anymore, if I’m just going to fail all over again?” Well, here’s another big truth I want to give you: that’s just another huge lie. Yes, we fail regularly, BUT, every day is a new day! Yesterday is gone! Today, holds every new opportunity I need.
I love what the scripture says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!” (Romans 8:1) Every day is already forgiven. The slate—wiped cleaned! You are new every day! Jesus’ love for you gives you another guilf-free day to take your journey to the next level.
So, armed with these truths, let’s get after it one more time. Make the most of this day. You really have a choice. Although the culture continues to bombard us with the temptations of mediocrity, resist it for the joy of your destiny set before.
Remember, at the end of the day, becoming will always bring a far greater satisfaction than any distraction you might give into…you just have to believe it!