The last couple of months have been very busy for me at work. When I feel busy and exhausted, it is easy for me to feel overwhelmed. The subtle feelings of defeat lurk below the surface. I hear the lies “You can’t handle all of this… You are failing… You are a failure.”
When I feel defeated, I want to give up.
Rolling blading was popular when I was growing up. My parents bought me a pair of rollerblades and I would go to the park near our house to practice. My mom tried to teach and encourage me as I attempted rollerblading. It did not last long. I soon found it difficult and I gave up.
When you believe “I can’t do this… I’m not good enough… This is too hard for me… I’m not athletic” it is easy to give into the spirit of defeat.
Running my first marathon is an inspirational story. It was truly the first time in my life that I learned to persevere in the midst of the difficult. Training for the marathon was just plain hard. I can’t even tell you the number of times I wanted to give up. I choose not to quit.
God provided me with two running buddies. Good friends of mine who had never been into running. Yet for different reasons, God called them to train for this marathon. Together we ran and encouraged one another. It is harder to give into the spirit of defeat when you have two others struggling and persevering beside you. We ran slowly but we ran. Mile after mile. At times, we would pray together as we ran. God was doing His work in us and through us during those months of running together. We were stronger together.
Now when I start to feel defeated, I preach to myself. The truth is that in Christ Jesus I am victorious. I am victorious. I am VICTORIOUS. I tell myself this truth over and over again. I speak this truth out loud to myself. I am VICTORIOUS. I remind myself that I can’t. Christ can. Christ can through me. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I don’t run this race of life alone. I allow my husband and close friends to speak truth, grace, and encouragement into my life.
Because the truth is I do not need to be perfect. I do not need to have my life all together. It is okay to fail. It is okay to feel overwhelmed at times. The truth in the midst of all of this is I am victorious.
When I start to believe this truth, the way I think and act changes drastically. Instead of giving up, I have the strength to persevere. I look to Christ Jesus for His power and strength in my daily life. I am victorious in the name of Christ Jesus.
How does the truth you are victorious affect your daily life?
This post is part of my 31 day series: Identity.