Running to the End

Today, I am thrilled to have Joseph Lalonde visiting The Scenic Route. Joseph is passionate about inspiring and equipping other leaders.
You can read more of his encouraging words at www.jmlalonde.com.
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Through our journey in life we will all come face to face with struggles. Situations that will make us want to quit. And sometimes we do.

But why do we end up quitting? Is there a reason we’re unable to persevere and overcome the situation?

I feel we can do better in the area of perseverance and pushing through to overcome the troubles of our lives. Especially since they don’t compare to the struggles many others face.

There are people facing extreme poverty. Not just a minimum wage job but no job at all. They might even be living on the street. But while living on the street they’ve learned to be the most generous person you’ll have ever met.

There are people like Nick Vujicic who was born without limbs. He’s had to persevere growing up with the abilities of everyone else. He’s taken his disability and made it a platform.

There are people who were born with diseases that cripple their bodies. I recently met a young girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, better known as brittle bone disease. Her bones can break at the slightest of touches. Yet she radiated joy and peace through her ordeal.

Now, what does this have to do with perseverance? Everything.

We often feel our situations are hopeless. There’s nothing left for us. And it’s time to give up.

Our thoughts are so short-sighted. Our resolve too weak.

And yet when I see people like Nick or my friend with Osteogenesis Imperfecta or the homeless man who comes to my church, I’m reminded that my struggles aren’t so bad. They’re mild compared to others.

Instead of complaining about the horrible day at work, I need to become thankful for the opportunity to work.

When my knees and feet hurt after a run, I need to be thankful. I have hands and feet. There’s nothing wrong with them.

Or when I’m feeling down I can think of the beautiful, young girl who has to worry about any move she makes for fear of breaking yet another bone.

Looking at these three people, I see one common denominator. It’s not age. It’s not race. No, it’s something else completely.

The common denominator is the fact that they have a trust in Jesus Christ. Because of this trust, they know where our race ends.

This gives them the ability to persevere to the end. Realizing this, I’m able to reevaluate my life.

I’m able to see that life goes on. My troubles aren’t so bad. And all I need to do is persevere until the end.

Question: How about you? What do you notice about those who persevere through the trials of life? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter or at his blog.

15 thoughts on “Running to the End

  1. LarryTheDeuce

    I notice that they life fuller and freer than those of us who do not face such issues in our lives. Inky Johnson is a former UT football player. A freak tackle exploded the nerves in his shoulder and left him without the ability to use his right arm. He is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever heard of. Google the video of him addressing the team recently. It will make you want to tackle any challenge you face.

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    1. Joseph Lalonde

      Carol, excellent point. These are people who accept what’s come their way but don’t make excuses for it. Instead, they push on through. Wouldn’t it be great if we could really implement this into our lives?

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  2. Chris Vonada

    Super Joe, loved this one! I’m pumped for the day and will focus on the positive. I know that no matter what happens today there is a positive and purpose in every situation, and that I always have blessings to count!

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  3. Cole Bradburn

    Great post Joe. I was reminded of one of my favorite passages, 1 Cor 9:24-27. Perseverance seems to be sorely lacking in our instant-gratification, do what excites you culture.

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    1. Joseph Lalonde

      Cole, you’re right on that we lack perseverance in our society today. It’s all about instant gratification and ourselves. What do you think we can do to bring perseverance back to our society?

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      1. Cole Bradburn

        Work on changing our time horizons (how far we look down the road). If we get a glimpse of what is possible in months versus days, in years versus months, and in decades versus a single year we would be more inspired to persevere and build something lasting. This glimpse can best be had by reading biographies of men who have persevered, and by beginning to make short term commitments – working that perseverance muscle – and continue lengthening them as you accomplish what you set out to do.

        It’s such a complicated issue, since most things that are created for us to consume are throw-away. I don’t need to know how to make something last because there is always something bigger, better, faster to buy and replace it. All those little subconscious cues are pervasive in our world, reinforcing instant gratification, youth culture, and instant information over wisdom.

        Maybe we just need to sit in a quiet place for long periods of time.

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  4. Kelli

    Great post and wonderful words of wisdom. Always keeping the focus on Christ and not our shortcomings…. god is glorified most when we look to him in our pain!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      So true, Kelli. “He is glorified most when we look to him in our pain” Really enjoyed the reminder from Joe today to put our problems into perspective and keep moving forward.

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