There are many difficulties we can encounter in life. I have had my share of them. I know what it is like when the doctor says things like; “your liver is not working well” or “your cholesterol is too high” or “your kidneys are not working well”. I should mention that I am okay now. I write about these things to show I understand there are difficult things we experience in life and I have walked through many of them. My parents divorced when I was 18. My father was an alcoholic, so we had to work through some issues.
Why didn’t I fold up and crumble? It is not because there is anything special about me. The thought that has stayed with me is this “there is one who has all power and wants to help, His name is Jesus”. If someone has the ability to help and wants to help, I would be stupid to not ask. Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble,” there is a happy thought, but that is not all, the rest of it is ” but cheer up I have overcome the world”.
The bible says to keep our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith as we run the race. That means that as we go through this marathon of life to keep our eyes on Him, much like a marathon runner would keep their focus on the finish line to keep going. Keeping our focus on Jesus helps us to not lose hope, helps us to remember that even in our darkest hours that there is someone far greater than us to help us in our time of need.
It also means that we stay motivated. For me it means that whenever I feel lazy or that I do not want to do something, that I need to remember that this life is a gift. I am only alive today because Jesus intervened. What I do with the days I am given is important. My brother runs marathons. I am sure he would tell you there are days he does not feel like training, but he pushes through those times. It is when we do not feel like keeping our focus on Jesus through prayer that we really need to. It is in those times that the training for the big times takes place. If we train ourselves to focus on Jesus, then when the crisis comes we automatically know where to go.