A Life of Endurance

Hebrews 10:36, which states simply,
“You have need of endurance”.

I was speaking with a trainer at my gym and we were talking about the “hand weights” that I was using and she said to me, Kim…heavy weights, lifted fewer times is succession, produce greater strength. But lighter weights, lifted with more repetitions, produce greater endurance. This hit my spirit like a bolt of lightning especially with the season I’ve been in. See when it comes to life, most of us can lift a heavy weight if we only have to do it once or twice. In other words, major problems that come and then go away quickly may be painful, but they are usually manageable.  That’s why God wants to infuse us with a “can-do” attitude, with supernatural endurance, perseverance, and resilience. You and I cannot give up—not for a moment.  Here’s what I earned: Heavy weights, lifted fewer times in succession, produce greater strength. Lighter weights, lifted with more repetitions, produce greater endurance.  When it comes to life, most of us can lift a heavy weight if we only have to do it once or twice. In other words, major problems that come and then go away quickly may be painful, but they are usually manageable. For me, it’s not the big problems that are the hardest. For me, the problems that are the toughest to overcome are the problems that never seem to get solved . . . the ones that keep coming back. God wants us to be strong men and women of faith. To achieve that, I believe we must become men and women of resilience and endurance. If I cannot stand strong under the adversity of unrelenting pressure.

Life requires endurance, but we don’t have to persevere in our own strength or keep going on the sheer basis of willpower alone. We fix our eyes on Jesus, and we endure and thrive because of His endurance.