Today in our 5th Sunday lesson, we go on the topic of enduring to the end.
What do you think of when you hear the word endure? How do you feel?
Hard. Difficult. Trial. Trudging. Drudgery. Pain. Work. Sad. Frustration.
When we are told to endure to the end it’s not supposed to be a negative thought but a happy thought. Life is hard. But life is also wonderful.
I personally struggle with the negative connotation that follows the word endure, so over the years I have changed my own mental thoughts of the word endure to happy thoughts. When anyone ever mentions the word endure, happy thoughts are the only thing that come to mind. Why? Because every single trial that I have been through (up to this point in my life) has brought me something good.
If you are focused solely on enduring to the end you are not living in the here and now. Enduring makes you want to hurry up and get through whatever is going on. And yes when you are in the midst of a hard time going through it as fast as you can is always the desire. But think of it this way… If you are trying to hurry through, think of all the blessings you could be missing out on.
Enduring to the end should make you think more of enjoying the here and now. Enjoy every moment while you are in it and don’t let those precious tender moments pass you by because you just want to move on to the next thing.
Trace Adkins sang a song called You’re Gonna Miss This. Here are the words to the chorus:
You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These Are Some Good Times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this
Never were there truer words written. If we are focusing so much on enduring to the end, we are missing out on the here and now. We are missing out on opportunities to learn and grow, to develop spiritual, mentally, physically, emotionally. We are missing out on tender moments with kids, spouses, family, friends.
I wish there was a way to take out the negative stigma that surrounds the word endure. I wish there was a switch that we could flip that would make the word endure feel happy.
My wish for you is to feel happy when you hear the phrase endure to the end. My wish for you is to make it more about enjoying all of life, even the hard times and realizing they are for our learning and growth. My wish for you, is to endure well, to enjoy life and all that it brings.