Long lines are agonizing for me. I mean, a bunch of people standing in one place for an extended amount of time makes no sense to me.
A few months ago, I ended up shopping with Tiffany. She had found a coupon for 50% off any item. She was all in. The thing is . . . I don’t like to shop . . . but I love to be with “my people.” The minute we walked in, I knew I was in trouble, the line to the cash register took the entire space of the perimeter of the store. Even so, I took the plunge, found the desired item with my coupon in hand, and went to the end of the line with Tiffany. The line barely moved.
Within 30 seconds, I was done waiting. I had too many other things I needed to do. BUT. Tiffany did not seem to notice my “doneness” or that the longest line in the world was also the slowest. Actually, she was excited about her good fortune to have such an amazing deal on her item.
After 10,000 years of waiting, we purchased the items.
It was over. I had survived. I could go on with my life. BUT. Tiffany was passionate and fired up to go to another store and do the same thing. And, though I wanted to say “no” with all of my heart and soul; I said “yes” like I was on some sort of reality show trying to win a prize.
Life can be just like long lines and shopping is for me. Sometimes, there has to be a decision to say “yes” to do what is before us even though we want to say “no.”
BECAUSE there are some really hard things that come at us in life which we’re assigned to do because of “our tribe.” It requires putting other things aside to do what matters for one another. At the end of the day, it’s a choice to persist and persevere in the hard of it all.
In REALITY, there’s something more which comes along with it all: a PRIZE. It’s in BIG print in the letter written to the early church:
13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the HEAVENLY PRIZE for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14, NLT).
It’s the reality of the prize of God’s calling–to become who God has purposed you and I to be– as we persist and persevere, pressing on. In the original Greek text of the letter the word used is “dioko,” which gives the idea of pressure in the pursuit.
So. Keep at it. Persist and persevere even when you feel done and want to do something else. In the end, it’s an amazing big deal to become who God has purposed you and I to be–Kerrie
Let’s be honest– I hope Tiffany remembers I’m that awesome.
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