I love the Summer Olympics, especially women’s gymnastics! I have stayed up way past my normal bedtime to cheer on the USA. My most favorite moment was when Gaby Douglas won GOLD in the women’s all around. When interviewed, this is what she said.
“The hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made so if you can push through, you can push through anything!”
Yesterday was a hard day in the Johnson house. We experienced a series of events (including our car not starting and needing to get a new battery put in our car) that left us feeling a bit overwhelmed and discouraged. I had to take a few deep breathes in and out, pray and then attempt to shake it off, believing that God was in control of all things. Gaby’s statement about tough days was immediately brought to my attention and it was then when I looked at what we were facing as an opportunity to build us, teach us and most of all remind us of a few things.
While in the midst of a hard day, I did what most of us do and asked God, “Why?” I also asked Him what it was He was trying to teach us. I felt as though He said that it wasn’t so much about TEACHING us anything as much as it was about REMINDING us about a few things. We often look at trials and hard days as times when God is teaching us things, but I realized that it is not always the case. Most often, it is God simply reminding us of things. Yesterday, I was reminded of three things:
1. God is faithful.
2. God is in control.
3. God is my source.
Yo Gabby Gabby
After Gaby Douglas won Gold, I scrolled through my Twitter account to see someone tweet, “Yo Gabby Gabby!” I assumed she won gold and after a ton of confirming tweets, I knew she had won! I was bummed at the spoiler alerts, but it was still just as exciting and nerve racking to watch it hours later. I laughed at the “Yo Gabby Gabby!” tweet because my daughters are HUGE fans of the Nick Jr show, “Yo Gabba Gabba.” When I say huge fans, I am talking about, we watch it at least twice a day upon their request. It is a really weird show but teaches some great life lessons. Yesterday’s episode featured a song that went a little something like this.
“Keep trying, keep trying, don’t give up, never give up.” (repeat 10x)
Facing this hard day, I was reminded that God is faithful, in control, and my source. I also was reminded that hard days make champions and that if I can push through them, I can push through anything! I don’t want to just survive in this next season of our life as church planters and pastors of a church, but I want to thrive! I know that hard days are not meant to break me, but build me.
Taking it Home.
I am not sure what kind of hard days you have been facing lately, but I want to encourage you to trust that whatever it is, it can be the very thing you need in order to truly walk in all that God has for your life. Tough times are the times we remember the most. Take a quick synopsis of the situation and ask yourself, “What is it that God is trying to remind me of today?”
Every week I highlight a TRUTH about you, your life, or about a situation you may be facing and then I DARE you to believe it.
Here is this week’s TRUTH or DARE.
DARE: Push through the hard days.