2018-02-02 / Chaplain's News

Have a spotter to help do the hard things

Chaplain (Capt.) Ryan Lewis
297th Military Intelligence Battalion

Philippians 4:13 (KJV) – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

My wife and I early in our marriage joked that our family motto should be “We’re Lewises; We Do Hard Things.”

That joke over time has become a reality and many times we have repeated this phrase to our children. Life is not easy.

Anyone who tells you otherwise has sold you something bad, and I hope you kept the receipt.

The beginning of the Biblical record has the Lord stating to Adam that life would be hard.

“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return,” (Genesis 3:19, KJV).

Adam was not promised Easy Street when he and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. They were told to work hard all their lives, and that hard work would be rewarded.

The greatest rewards we gain in this life generally are proceeded by great sacrifice. I see this with my children.

Most of the time Christmas and birthday presents are somewhat valued, but usually are quickly broken or forgotten.

When they save chore money and work hard toward a goal, they cherish that item more. They take better care of it because they have a connection to it and know it was bought with a price.

Our personal development almost always comes at a cost of sacrifice, sweat, and hardship.

When I’m in the gym in the morning I glance around and see people doing hard things for their own growth and edification.

I see the strain on faces as these individuals attempt to push their limits trying to attain the peak of their personal perfection.

This only happens if they challenge themselves. If you lift light, you plateau in your growth.

If you vary the exercises and weight, you create muscle confusion so your muscles never become complacent and are constantly forced to react to new stimuli.

One key element many of these individuals have in the gym when they are lifting really heavy weight is a spotter (a person who watches their progress intently and is ready at a moment’s notice to catch the weight and assist them in getting it up).

A spotter helps you grow significantly beyond your normal capabilities.

As we attempt to do hard things, our spotters come in different forms.

We can turn to God and seek the peace and power that comes from him or reach out to family and friends who have experienced similar situations and can walk with us on our journey.

Even though it is our hard thing to do, we do not have to do it on our own.

We live dynamic lives full of great opportunities and challenges that constantly develop us if we are willing to work.

We can look back through our lives and see when we tackled difficult situations and realize the benefits that came from working through them.

Though I wasn’t grateful for or happy about them at the time, as I reflect on those moments, I understand how I have been shaped into the man I am today.

It gives me perspective on the power of persevering and doing hard things.

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