Before I'm about to go jogging, I always dread it. Something in me just never wants to go... especially in the dead of winter, when it's cold, pouring down rain, and my blanket and cup of coffee feel so welcoming. We do the same thing in life when a challenge arises. God tells us to face something painful in our life and we look out the window and just see dark, uninviting clouds of the coming battle. We turn and see our cozy place of safety and one voice in your head says "stay, why get wet?"... but the other voice whispers "Go. The reward is worth a little discomfort." You look out the window again and see a glimpse the truth in those words. So you strap on your jogging shoes, sweat pants and coat and head out.
After I've convinced myself to brave it and just get out there, it takes me several blocks to get that voice out of my head telling me how easy it would be to turn around and go back home. If we push through it, keep our pace, and get over that initial steep incline, we reach a place where the strain levels out. We may even begin to find joy in the struggle, knowing we're working for a better purpose. I think about that scene in "Band of Brothers" when Easy Company is in training and Captain Sobel keeps making them run up the mountain, even in horrible conditions. However, even though the training was brutal, they became one of the best trained Companies in the airborne and it prepared them for even worse conditions in battle.
Even though our struggles seem impossible to face and even merciless, they aren't. The God of the universe will carry you through and has a purpose to strengthen you through it. There comes a time when you cross that finish line. You may be exhausted, aching and thirsty, but you pressed on and made it through. You feel exhilarated and you find a deep pride in yourself for finishing. You couldn't see it from the beginning, starring out the window into the storm, but now that you've driven through, you can see it was all worth it. So keep going. Get out of the house and press on. It's worth it.
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 3:12-14