Wear Me Down Long Enough, I Just Might Cave.

“Mommy, Can we go swimming?” my daughter asks.

“No. We are not swimming today. I need to finish staining the pool deck tonight,” I reply.

A few minutes later, my son chimes in. “Please. Please. Mommy, we really want to go swimming.”

For hours, I hear the same question repeated over and again from different, little voices. “Swimming? Please, Mommy. Please. Swimming? We want to go swimming. Please, Mommy. Please.”

I know what I need to do. I know what I need to say. The answer is the same as when I started. “No! Not today. I am going to stain the pool deck tonight.”  However, after being bombarded hour after hour, I am tempted to give in. To adjust my plans to accommodate the little voices who beg me.

Their goal—To wear me down until I finally cave.

Maybe you can relate.

Lately in life, I have had a number of discouraging voices attempting to wear me down, too. I am trying really hard to stand my ground and ignore them. But the truth is… Discouragement keeps tapping on the door of my heart. Every time I feel like I am making forward progress, I get knocked back down.

It is tempting to cave and accept defeat. To adjust my plans to accommodate the little voices speaking to me. To accept plan B and settle for something less than God’s best.

There is only one major problem with this thinking… I don’t want Plan B.

I want Plan A. And, I believe the Lord wants me to have it, too.

To keep me pressing forward, in times like these, I follow the example of the psalmist. Psalm 27:13, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Call me foolish, but I actually believe, like the Psalmist, that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the days ahead.  I have His Word backing me up. The scripture explicitly says: I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me (Romans 8:31). That I will triumph in victory in all things through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57). That He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). And that if I refuse to quit, He will complete the good work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6).

With all this knowledge, why would I settle for anything less than God’s Best?

Settling may seem like the easy way out. But, I assure you, it is not! I learned years ago that “Good” is often the thief of “God’s Best.”

Don’t get robbed of His promises by choosing to settle. Instead, stand your ground and wait patiently on Him. Then, watch Him perform His Best in your life.

I challenge you today to make a choice to believe God’s Word in whatever area you struggle with. To refuse to settle for second best.  And to determine in your heart that you will not give up until you see God’s promises come to pass in your life.

4 thoughts on “Wear Me Down Long Enough, I Just Might Cave.

  1. Elaine

    Seriously, I get this! Doing good without immediate rewards can wear me down quickly. “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming,” is a great motto but sometimes we just get so tired. I was thinking on this yesterday when I realized that 90% of the time I am calm, cool and collected as I rely on my efforts…but that 10% that I’m not totally RUINS all my hard work. I have to totally rely on the Lord 100% of the time to pull me through instead of my own strength.

     
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