“I don’t have the energy to trust again,” said a young wife, separated from her husband. A week of fever has left our family feeling weak and lethargic. The problems facing our nation and the world require more energy than most of us feel we can summon. How do we tap God’s energy and find the stamina to stay engaged when we’re battle-weary?
Today Larry shares some tips on how to build spiritual stamina.
Make Wise Choices
Weariness tempts us to seek relief over wisdom. While we need rest and breaks from our battles, we must avoid unprofitable choices or relationships that provide temporary pleasures but sap our spiritual strength.
Inappropriate choices can remove our motivation to persevere and put distance between us and our heavenly Father, the source of hope, energy, and strength. When a spouse, who is having difficulty with their partner, becomes too close with someone from the opposite sex, pessimism sets in and their motivation to persevere evaporates (I Corinthians 6:12, 9:24-27, 10:23; Psalm 51:10).
Remember Your Purpose
In His Excellency, George Washington, biographer Joseph Ellis points out that of the many virtues the father of our nation possessed, his stamina made the biggest difference. George Washington and the depleted Continental Army, a third of whom were shoeless, found stamina to press on by focusing on the cause for which they were fighting.George Washington and the depleted Continental Army, a third of whom were shoeless, found #stamina to press on by focusing on the cause for which they were fighting. Click To Tweet
I often meet single moms who face the ongoing battle of holding down a job, helping with homework, keeping the home clean, and dealing with the selfishness of one they have loved and trusted. Where do they get their stamina? They focus on their purpose and their God (2 Corinthians 10:5; Romans 5:1-5; James 1:2-4).
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
The writer of Hebrews tells us to think about Christ and what He has done for us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV).
I pray that you and your family will experience increased spiritual stamina as you face your personal challenges. Thank you for your friendship and support for us as we help children and adults find spiritual stamina. You are a real encouragement and help.
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