Monday, April 25, 2011

Persistence Through Difficulty

You know how Tilly is obsessed with her new squeaky ball. Yes, that's still going on. Throwing it upstairs wears her out quick(er) so I try that technique often. On one toss, it landed just right - lodged between the stair rail and the wall.

It had Tilly perplexed.
Eventually, she managed to pry it loose. Yes, then it was back to squeaking.

One thing I've learned about myself is that I often give up when something is too confusing or difficult for me. I really have to focus and do lots of self-motivation to get me to push through the hard stuff. Like eating lots of chocolate Easter eggs. That was supposed to be the reward for pushing through, but I didn't get that far.

Another thing I've learned is that usually what I'm dreading and avoiding does, in fact, is never as bad as I think it will be. Inevitably I wonder why I made it so much worse in my mind.

Having faith can be a challenge. Sometimes it is even hard work. Sometimes we avoid it and fill our life with other things than think and act through doubt to get us to faith. But it's so worth it! Why do we resist? The first step seems so daunting, but often it is not as bad as we expect it to be.

The reward couldn't be better either - a relationship with God is very satisfying, even in its mystery.

It's even better than a squeaky toy.


  1. Are there squeaky toys in Dog Heaven? Or is that People Hell? It's so hard to know...

  2. Thats funny. . maybe only dogs can hear the squeak in heaven. Gods way of rewarding you for putting up with it on earth. :)