In high school, I participated in cross country and track distance racing. In the beginning of my training for both sports, it was quite difficult. I trained for at least three hours a day doing strength training, cardio, stretching and other things to prepare for a race. All of this left me endlessly sore.
Although I loved getting all sweaty and building muscle, my endurance lacked. You may be thinking “how?”
All of that training, and I still could not manage to suffer a little while longer toward the end of the race to finish well. I always noticed when I was at the brink of breakthrough or the finish line of the race, I would slow down. My endurance was running thin because I did not learn to suffer well during practice.
The only way to build endurance is through suffering.
When you feel like you are on the brink of losing hope, lean into Jesus and watch your inner man be strengthened. For the flesh is weak, but the spirit is willing.
I recently found myself losing hope and losing my endurance spiritually when I was praying for a close friend of mine. I started a 30-day challenge to pray for this person. By the seventh day, I grew tired. It was only then that I knew that my strength and endurance comes from the Lord alone.
“Now may God, the source of great endurance and comfort, grace you with unity among yourselves, which flows from your relationship with Jesus, the Anointed One.” Romans 15:5 (NLT)
I kept on, but now more than ever, I am leaning on My Beloved for help and strength to persevere.
I encourage you to lean into Him when you feel like you are on the brink of failure and losing hope.
When you feel weak, just know that His grace is sufficient.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)