Choosing Hard — And Embracing Humility

photo from david@davidturnbull.com

Good Morning, God!  I loved this photo when it came into my inbox yesterday as part of a blog called The Chill Factor.  Kit takes cold showers and has been touting them to me for years — albeit not too obnoxiously.  For a while I did END with cold water.  It is easier in the summer . . . or when one has come back from a jog.  But, the value lies in the fact that it is NOT easy.  It is HARD.

And that takes me back to fasting — which is also easier to do after a jog.  Hmmm.  A jog is hard.  Dying to self, is hard.  That command has been much in my mind recently, God.

To tell the truth I think that verse and the one in Philippians I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME have been misused.  As for the I CAN DO ALL THINGS — I take that to mean all the things YOU have put in my life or called me too.  I do NOT take it to mean that I should work (even Your Work) 7 days a week as the norm — or even a frequent exception.

In short, God, I feel that the devil uses those two verses to blind us to our limits and our breaking points. Humility loves / well ACCEPTS / that we are human creatures. . . CREATED by YOU.  How humbling is it to come face to face with our need to take time off and recover?  Ah.  We still have way down deep — or not so deep — the Adam and Eve desire to BE GODS.  Or at least Superman — leaping tall buildings in a single bound!  Smile . . . I love that too.  But I acknowledge that LANDING is a lot harder now.  And setting limits for myself is important — OK OK ESSENTIAL!

Ah, God, such a delicate balance between embracing HARD and still ministering to my real human requirements and limits.  I do so need YOUR HELP!  (Ah, yes, and I need to ask my family and friends for help too!)

So?  Maybe this morning, to jog and end with cold water?

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Posted in choosing HARD, courage to see myself, humility, Humility or Needing Help!, Life isn't supposed to be easy., recovery time

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