Being off and on about motivation is kind of new to me. If you’ve been following my writing, you might have seen a dip in pushing out content from time to time—sometimes I post every day, sometimes every other day, and then sometimes there are lulls where I don’t post for many days at a time. And it’s not because of laziness, or because I don’t love my mission that God has set me on.
It’s because life right now is hard. Really trying, really draining, and really hard.
But look, the objective of this blog and of…pretty much everything I do from a life standpoint, is not to do it for myself. It’s to do it for God, and to do it for you. We’re all in this together…once we know, that we are, we’re all stars…and we see that. Did anyone get that? That was a High School Musical reference. Yes, I truly believe that the support from others is instrumental to our growth and succeeding in our God-given missions. And whether people actively voice that out to you or not, it’s there. And I’m here, cheering you on, too, wherever you are.
With that in mind, seeing that I’m struggling in my own battles, and that life, for a lot of people, seems to be very rocky—this piece today is aimed at compelling us to push on. This writing is a hand extended to you when you’re sinking in that quick sand; when you’re in round 9 and you need a coach to whisper in your ear.
You’re a fighter, you were born that way, and that won’t change.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s evil schemes.” –Ephesians 6:11
We were made in God’s image, and we were anointed with His spirit. And that means we share some of the awesome characteristics that Jesus himself carried in His own heart. One of those characteristics is Jesus’ will to do what is right, and to never back down in the face of evil or persecution. He stood up to bullies, He stood up to corruption and people who had earthly power, and He even stood up to the devil face-to-face. He was a warrior of justice, and encouraged His followers to do the same—to prepare yourself to fight the good fight, not the petty or malicious ones, and stand firm in your battles.
That doesn’t mean violence, or unnecessary conflict. That means being unrelenting in setting an example—His example—and being just. If conflict does arise, that means putting on that armor that He has bestowed to you, and not backing down…with grace. There’s power in that.
Just climb. Don’t be afraid to keep climbing.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go up to this mountain of Abarim, and see the land which I have given to the sons of Israel.’”-Numbers 27:12
We know climbing mountains is hard. It’s a painful, difficult slog that involves soreness, exasperation, and possibly even some blood. We’ll definitely trip; we might fall or slip; and often times be on the brink of dying an awful, intimidating death. It’s all worth it though, in the end. Because after all that pain, all that effort, we can get to the top and see the splendor laid out before us. We get a chance to gain a perspective that we didn’t have at the bottom of the mountain.
Once we’re at the top, however long that takes us, things change. Beautiful things are spread out that maybe we never took in when we were at the lowest point in our journey. The sun’s warmth touches us the most at the peak, after we’ve climbed for so long.
You’re not an outcast, because you’re a part of a whole family working together.
“Here there is no Gentile, or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”-Colossians 3:11
It’s easy, when you’re in the darkest times of your life, to feel ostracized. Once things get bleak, our negativity sets in and we want to call ourselves out for our insecurities and failures. We want to make up excuses to justify our situation, and often times that starts with our own easily recognizable faults that separate us from the “successful” people. There’s a wonderful thing involved with living in the family of Christ though: no matter what you are, or what labels people give you, or how you view your own self, you’re a part of a family.
You’re not alone like you thought you were. You aren’t the only one that feels or acts the way you do. Even if you aren’t a Christ follower, love is still (and should be) shared! No matter what you’ve done or what your history is, there are others that are still supportive and loving you no matter what; that’s because you’re a part of a bigger picture that has a lot of different shades in it. All of which are painting a really powerful yet heart-warming picture.
It’s never too late to do great things.
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,”-2 Peter 3:8-9
Sometimes we tend to think that time is a cruel mistress. That no matter how hard we try, despite our efforts to do some good in our lives, time will beat us in the end. Although it is true that time is out of our control, one critical thing remains: to God, time isn’t the same as your time. What that means for us, is that it’s never too late for us to do some great things. A second might fly by, but there’s still years ahead for us to set out on the path that we’re called for.
And you know what? If you think your age is “more than a number”, you’re fooling yourself. It’s counting, sure, but look at the trees—they live for hundreds of years, but if they could talk, I doubt they would say, “Man I have 16 rings in my trunk…can’t grow now.” Nope, they just continue pushing towards the sky and the sun to fulfill what they are meant to do.
Do your best and do truly good things, because those fruits will show in the end.
“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?”-Matthew 7:16
It’s pretty obvious when you spot someone doing terrible things—they’re most likely terrible people deep down. Then, when nothing but negativity and pain comes from their actions, you don’t have to ask yourself, “Is this person a legitimately good person,” because at the end of the day, they’re just bad people that have been neglecting doing kind, righteous things. Just as well, when we’re down and out, we shouldn’t look to “sharing the suffering” with those who don’t deserve it (and don’t want any part of it). We should be aiming to continue to do our best and do good acts out of the depths of our hearts.
Just like we can measure up people based on the quality of their fruits, people can measure us, too. So if we want to reap bountiful, high quality goodness, then we really need to consider looking inwards first. Become resolute in putting a strong, loving foot forward, and you will be better off later from it.
My life is hard. Your life is hard. But know that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing…you’re never alone. We’re in this crazy thing called life together, so why not embrace that?
We can keep fighting for dreams. We can keep persevering. We can still succeed together.
Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach