It seems like everything I try to do these days takes a monumental amount of effort I just don’t have the energy to keep up. Can you relate? I want to be that woman known for persevering, not giving up when life gets hard.
I’ve recently changed hosting providers and domain names for my blog. This online space is now candaceplayforth.com, formerly known as candacecreates.com. (You can read more about my decision for this change in Meet Candace.) I thought this would be an easy move, but of course, I ended up spending hours on things I had originally planned no time for.
It took 6 days and over 50 dialogues to get a working email through my current host. The negative, gives-up-far-too-easy girl inside me was ready to just quit, tagging the experience as a sign from God. Each new frustrating conversation with tech support brought visions of packing up and letting the blog go. But I didn’t. I kept persevering through each failed attempt.
Finally, feeling at the end of my rope, my email broke free and starting functioning properly. My new elated mood prompted my philosophical husband to remind me how beautiful these moments are. Those times when we think we can’t move forward another inch but with just a little more effort, the solution is found. And oh what a euphoric feeling that solution can bring.
He reminded me how this correlates with when we finally get to Heaven. How much sweeter will that moment be after all the difficulties life brings us. We aren’t supposed to get comfortable here on earth. It’s not our final resting place. That yearning for Heaven, the ultimate solution to our hard lives and daily problems, is what God wants for us.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sadness. There will be no more crying or pain. Things are no longer the way they used to be.
~Revelation 21:4 (NIRV)
As our children start back to school, we want to be a shining example of persevering. My son is already dreading upcoming nights filled with homework and studying. I want to help him remember how Paul so lovingly felt about fighting the good fight, finishing the race, longing for the Lord, and receiving that beautiful crown of righteousness.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
~2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
And let’s not forget about this incredible chain reaction: suffering→perseverance→character→hope
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Perseverance can actually turn suffering into hope. Darkness turns to light. We must live through those difficult, uncomfortable situations to really understand those incredible moments of triumph.
I’m so thankful to have this new space up and running properly, and I’m really quite happy with my new hosting provider. I can honestly say I’m fighting the good fight, whether it’s watching my sometimes overbearing mouth with a sweet tech support team or continuing on my food addiction journey regardless of the detours. I’m soldiering forward, staying ready for the day Jesus comes back for us.
Whatever you are struggling with today or wanting to give up on, press on, my friend. The light is coming…