“Here’s the truth,” my best friend said, “The excuses are real.” She had just completed a major hike and was sharing what she had learned. It was just what I needed to hear.
It’s true. The pain and the going without and the interruptions–they’re all real problems that work to keep us from doing the things we need to do or from letting go what we need to surrender. But here’s the bigger truth: Greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world.
Greater is the strength that comes from Christ than our most powerful obstacle. And Christ–in all His strength–lives in us as believers.
There’s something liberating about acknowledging that the crazy thing–you know, the thing that never happens but happened today–is actually real. It is a good excuse. But it pales in comparison to the power inside us. And what we must do is pretty simple in those moments, when the good excuse confronts the good call on our lives. We just keep walking the narrow path. No matter what. We keep praying and walking until we feel like praying and walking.
And soon, the hard, long trudge becomes dancing for joy. Because we worship a great, big, wonderful God. And we trust He’s with us, each step of the way.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4