The beginning of this month marked 6 months of me living in Florida. It hasn’t been easy, but that’s what makes it great.
One of my favorite movies is A League of Their Own. It’s about an all-women’s baseball league in 1943 when the men were drafted overseas during WWII. When Geena Davis’ character decides to quit the team after her husband returns, her excuse was that it just got too hard. Her coach, played by Tom Hanks, retorts,
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
That line has stuck with me. In the moments where I just want to give up and move back home, I’m reminded that the hard is great. I don’t want to enjoy an easy, comfortable life. I don’t want to do the things that everyone does. In those moments, I feel far from God because I don’t need Him. But in the moments when things are difficult, I need Him. I pray harder. My faith grows deeper. My spirit grows stronger. I want to be someone that others can look to and say, “If she can do it, so can I!”
I am reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, studying Daniel, and am going through a series called Fresh Encounter with my church. It is amazing how these three resources, in conjunction with the Bible, are saying very similar things. I am being encouraged to persevere, persist, resolve, and endure through the hard. No one achieves greatness easily. It is hard, my friend!
I don’t want to hear or use the excuse that it’s just too hard. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:36). I’m circling that promise! I want to be great!
Do you want to be great?