Good Monday evening people, so sorry I was MIA last week… well not completely… I resurfaced on Saturday and we had a catch up post, please click here if you missed it. I do hope you forgive my absenteeism. By God’s grace I’m back now and we’ll continue from where we left off… Please seat tight and enjoy today’s post.
Last e-Boost, we talked about Walking Into The Future and the giant steps we need to get there. Please click here if you missed it. For today’s e-Boost, I’ll like us to discuss what to do “when the going gets tough”.
Have you ever felt like giving up on something you once firmly believed in and hoped for? I have!
Some days I wake up with so much zest and energy to reach for the mountain peaks, some other days, I wake up and feel like staying back in bed. Some days I feel upbeat that the lines are fallen for me in pleasant places, some other days, I feel downcast and discouraged that my efforts are not bearing fruits. Some days I feel like holding up and pressing on, some other days, I feel like giving up and quitting.
Even though we’ve established that the Future lives nearby, you’ll agree with me that the walk into the future is not a stroll in the park. It gets pretty tough on some days and sometimes, you won’t feel up to taking the next needed step. Sometimes, you may feel like cursing, hating, doubting and/or blaming people | government | circumstances | environment; but what you do is not as important as how you feel. As a matter of fact, it is the decisions and actions you take at such tough points that determine your stamina to withstand challenges. Nearly everyone can smile and say ‘The Lord is good’ when the going is good, but only a few can stand and stick it out when the going gets tough. And this is what brings about the critical question – What do you do when the going gets tough?
The dictionary defines the word ‘Tough’ as
– strong and resilient; sturdy
– rugged or physically hard
– (of weather etc.) harsh or severe, rowdy or rough.
– (of questions etc.) difficult or demanding
– (of a substance or object) strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling.
– able to endure hardship, difficulty or pain
All the above definitions for the word show that anything designated as ‘tough’ is not an easy something.
A wise someone said “When the going gets tough, only the tough get going”. (English proverb)
And this is so true! It takes a ‘tough’ stamina in the spirit, soul and body to keep moving when things are tough. This is why the bible says “if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is weak” (Proverbs 24:10)
Here are a few things that help me get through the tough times:
- Smiles – Sometimes when I am clueless on what next to do, I just smile. Smiling relaxes the muscles and has a special way of driving the devil and whatever/whoever he is using at that moment mad! More importantly, it makes me appear confident, keeps me from over panicking and helps me think up a temporary solution that’ll suffice for the meantime.
- Thanksgiving – Tough times are not the easiest times to give thanks but the bible says in all things, Give thanks to God (1 These. 5: 18). An igbo proverb says: ekene dike na nke omere, omekwa ozo (when you thank a great man for what he has done, he will be motivated to do more). This applies to both God and man. When things are tough is a very unusual time to give thanks. It is a difficult time to remember the good times and not feel sad. It is a difficult time to reflect on the good times and give thanks. But it is the BEST time to give thanks for both the good and not so good times. I’ve tried it overtime time and it has worked. When the going gets tough, give thanks.
- Pray – When things are tough is not a time to complain and it’s certainly not a time for one to give up on God. Agreed, tough times are the most difficult times to persevere in prayers. But don’t let the devil fool you on this one. He knows that prayers work wonders so he will fill your mind with ingratitude and doubts such that when you pray, they won’t get answered. You could try not to pray and find that it won’t help… When things are tough is the perfect time to cast all your cares on God through prayers (1 Peter 5:7) and Philippians 4: 6 tells us how to pray: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
- Feed on the word – If you want to stay strong in tough times then you can’t joke with God’s WORD! You can’t even pray right without the Word of God. The Word of God in you is the sword the Spirit will use to fight on your behalf when the going gets tough. And the best way to apply this is to feed on the Word before the tough times come. Feed on the word, meditate on it and speak it to yourself and your situations.
- Believe that this too shall pass – Recall a time when you faced a near hopeless insurmountable challenge but you eventually came through it? If you do, use it to encourage yourself that this too shall pass. It’s only a matter of time. (1 Samuel 17:34 – 37)
- In conclusion, here are some quotes and scriptures I keep in mind:
- Quitters never win and winners never quit!
- The race is not to the swift, neither is the battle to the strong (Ecclesiastes 9: 11)
- His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9)
How have you been able to overcome some tough times in your life? Please share in the comment box let’s learn together.
Till our next e-Boost, wishing y’all a fruitful and fulfilled week ahead.
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