“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7
“You may have to fight the battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
“Keep your head up. God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers.” – Zig Ziglar
At times it seems like all we do is fight battles. When one is through it overlaps with another, and even that original conflict could turn up again, unresolved. These battles happen internally and externally: pushing through illness or addiction or mental health, financial burdens or family tension, even Isis and racial injustice.
Whether we want to face it or not, our world is terrifying; perhaps it becomes even more so when we recognize our internal crises.
The frustration arises when we fully face this seemingly endless cycle of winning and losing. When we look at the world and ask if it will ever learn. When we look at ourselves in the mirror and question why we fell victim to our struggles again.
As we’ve learned through previous battles, we can handle it. Although we often forget it when we’re discouraged, these battles are given to us for a reason. We face these battles to remind us whose we are.
The highs and lows of life are brutal, no doubt. But they are somehow bearable. As people with faith, we see that the world goes through iterations in pursuit of something better. We see how our battles formed us and formed others for the better.
Once we remember the light at the end of the tunnel, that everything eventually comes to a close in some way, and most of all, in what our true hope is placed, it becomes a whole lot easier to hold our heads up. We can enter that same boxing ring again but this time, with even more grit.
We will fight as we trust our reward to be sweeter this time than the last. We trust our ultimate reward will be the sweetest.