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August 1, 2020


We Do Hard Things

“Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:3-4)

My daughter is six. She is beautiful, quick witted, inquisitive, and courageous. She’s smart and funny and has the best freckles sprinkled across the bridge of her nose. She is spicy and creative, bossy and sensitive, and can sing along to just about every song from the Hamilton soundtrack. She is made of magic yet, she often doubts herself and her capabilities. 

She's not the kid at the pool yelling cannonball and running full speed ahead into the water. No, she's the one you see carefully dipping her toes in the water to see exactly what she's getting herself into. If something seems hard, or she might not get it right the first time she will causally, but oftentimes dramatically, change her mind and decide the risk is not worth the reward. This shift in paradigm is almost always served with a side of meltdown and tears. She is frustrated at the situation, sad that she’s struggling, and confused as to why I would ever ask her to do something so challenging.

She will ultimately ask the same question she’s been asking since learning to string words together, “But why? Why do I have to do this? I don’t like it.” And the answer is always the same, “Because Sis, we do hard things.”

We do hard things.  

These four simple words create one powerful statement, and it has been the mantra of our 2020 year.

When COVID took the world by storm and took our much anticipated spring and summer plans with it, there I was melting down, frustrated, sad, and confused. Asking God “But why? Why do we have to do this? I don’t like it.”

When we experienced unimaginable loss, not once but twice, there I was melting down, frustrated, sad, and confused asking God “But why? Why do we have to do this? I don’t like it.”

When I’m grieving alone because of distance and baseball, here I am melting down, frustrated, sad, and confused asking God, “But why? Why do I have to do this? I don’t like it.”

And His answer is always the same, “Because Sis, we do hard things.”

We will not always know the “why” in God’s plan and we will not always be afforded the luxury of dipping our toes into every tough situation we find ourselves in. We might melt down, get frustrated, sad, and/or confused; but let us try to see ourselves and our capabilities as we persevere through these tough situations. Let us try to build our faith in times of uncertainty knowing God is there to guide us. You know why?  Because Sis, we do hard things.  

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:12)

Prayer: Lord, help me see myself and my capabilities through the obstacles You have set in my way. Use me Lord. Let these obstacles strengthen my faith, and build my endurance for the journeys ahead. I can do hard things knowing You are by my side.

Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 19:29

Libby Kramer


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