Hard Things

You can do hard things.  Let that sink in for a moment.

You can do hard things.

Do you believe that?

One of my dearest friends in Colorado is the co-owner of a boot camp for women called Box Canyon Booties. Let’s talk about this Boss Babe for just a second. She’s that WoG* that you want to tell everyone you know about. She’s a mother. She’s an entrepreneur. She exudes balance and establishes boundaries. She’s that cut-to-the-real-stuff woman. And, with her equally amazing business partner, has created a space in my hometown for women to do hard things.

Going to “Booties”, as it is so affectionately called, is one of the rare moments in my week that I make sure belongs solely to me. The phone is packed away.  The notifications on my Fitbit are turned off. The co-workers are nowhere to be found (tGod). It’s just me and the workout at hand.

A few weeks ago I found myself in the middle of reverse burpees.  I actually hate reverse burpees but right now my right hand is broken and this is my only option today. Doctor’s orders? I guess so.

“You can do hard things. You’ve got this!” 

Dodi’s voice rings through the room and I stop my burpees just long enough to let this mantra sink in.  Hard things, huh? I can do hard things? I do do hard things. I breathe in power and breathe out doubtfulness and disbelief.

And the burpees begin again with fervor.

How many times in our lives do we give ourselves the power to do hard things? What are the hard things we do daily? If we compiled a list entitled “The Impossible” would we attempt to conquer? What is the baseline fear that keeps us from achieving the impossible?

And what does God say about hard things? We’ve heard about Job and Daniel; the impossible circumstances of Ruth and the indignant heart of Jonah.  Even Jesus, the Son of God, fell to his knees in the garden of Gethsemane and pleaded with his Father three times:

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Our human nature is to doubt victory.  But even in the midst of certain death, God promised victory. He promised victory for thousands of years through countless prophecies and teachings.  If God promises ultimate victory, what are the limitations that we are buying into?  What truth is the Lord speaking into your life?

My challenge to you is to take a few moments today to make some lists.  Ask yourself what your list of “The Impossible” looks like.  Make a list of “Fears and Lies”.  And then make a list of the quotes, proverbs, and scripture that inspire you to go beyond the impossible.

In Mark 5 Jesus tells us this: “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.”

Sit in that. Believe it. You are light…

And you can do terribly difficult things.


*WOG: Woman of God

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