If you knew you were about to enter into a really hard challenge would you jump for joy knowing that your end will be great or would you choose not to enter at all? You don’t have to answer this at all. I am positive that you would be hesitant with a yes, because NO ONE would choose to go through anything rough. Everyone would choose the path of least resistance if they knew they could still get great results. Two weeks ago I decided to participate in a 5K walk with Agape Embassy in their support of Dee’s House of Hope. Mind you, I do not workout consistently. Counting the cost, I’m thinking 3.1 miles I can do without any stress, strain, or struggle so certainly I can do this. We have stretched, the ladies are excited and cheering, and we’re off.  Maintaining a good pace, and a good sweat but I’m doing ok.  I get only half way into the walk to find out that I am strolling down a hill and I am about to go up the steepest hill that I have ever tried to walk in my life. I promise you that I wanted to quit as soon as I saw that hill. My thighs and my chest muscles were already burning and I knew it was about to get worse. I felt like I had never walked before. LOL!! I wish I had driven that route before I walked it. Selah!

So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Galatians 6:9 MSG

Listen! Brace yourself because you are about to venture into some things that you are going to want to quit in but DON’T QUIT! I promise you that the end of the walk is closer than you realize. I am so glad that I didn’t know all of those hills were a part of the walk because I promise you that I would have bailed out of the walk way before I ever started. I thank God for the ladies that stayed right there with me and were encouraging me along the way. However, on my way back I had to go up the hill that I had strolled down and when I got to the top I looked to my left and saw where everyone was waiting and my thought was “cut through the grass and you can be finished.” Regardless of how I felt or thought I had some accountability people with me that I could not allow to see me quitting. You will not always have someone with you when you are going through a challenge but the Bible says in Proverbs 10:9 “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely…” and Proverbs 11:3 “The integrity of the upright guides them…” Always allow your integrity to guide you regardless of who is with you or not with you. My point I wanted to make is this; let’s change how we enter into a challenge. You don’t need to know every obstacle that will be set up for you. Let’s go in it knowing that it’s not forever, we will survive, and we will win. But go in! When I came across that finish line it was the most exhilarating, spurring, and intoxicating moment for me. I DID IT!

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