Today, I attended a celebration for a friend who received his doctorate.
What an accomplishment! Almost ten years ago we met at university, both of us returning to college as middle-aged adults. It was one of the hardest things we had ever done.
Have you ever started something and then quit?
In the first semester we both quit…several times. We laugh about that today, but there were moments we were quite serious about quitting. For me, those moments were usually about thirty seconds into the first class session, as we were going over the course syllabus.
Several years later, somehow, we both had stuck with it long enough to complete not one, but two degrees. That’s when I said, “And, I’m done!”
At the celebration today…
With friends and family gathered to celebrate, my friend admitted there were definitely days (on the road to earning that doctorate) when he thought he could not go on. In those hours, he would listen to this song: Never Would Have Made It.
The song simply says, “I never would have made it…never could have made it without You.”There are going to be days when we say, 'I can't make it!' Click To Tweet
In spite of how much we want to show strength and focus to others, we are human. Life is real. Those real-life situations are sometimes frustrating, stressful and overwhelming.
Some of us hide it better than others. If we’re being honest, most of us can say, “Yea, there’s been a time or two when I honestly thought I could not make it another day.”
Are these words in your mouth today?
“I can’t make it!”
- Finances are killing us.
- The children have worn out my last nerve.
- Our aging parents need daily care.
“I can’t make it!”
- Health issues are making life impossible.
- My job is out of control.
- Our marriage is in trouble.
Listen, this is what I know. “I never would have made it…never could have made it without You.” The you in these lyrics refers to God. He is the you, and without Him, friend, we cannot make it.Are you trying to attempt it without Him? #believe Click To Tweet
His presence in our lives makes the difference. This does not mean all things will be wonderful all of the time. It does not mean we’ll be free from difficulty and challenges.
It does mean we do not have to go it alone.
It means we find encouragement and strength as we learn to depend on the God of our faith. It means He will be there, holding our hand and walking with us.
When everything within you wants to say – not only to yourself, but screaming out loud – “I can’t make it”, remember these two things:
- You are not alone.
- You can make it!
You can do this. We can do this. We will get through it.
I don’t know what you’re facing tomorrow, but I know the One who holds tomorrow. That’s your key to making it. Don’t stop. Keep on going through it. With God’s help…