The Courage To Stay

Sometimes it seems easier to go than it is to stay.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but after finishing a meal at the food court the other day, rather than clearing the rubbish off my table, I shifted to another clean one instead! It’s often easier to leave the mess behind than it is to stay and deal with it.

It’s the same challenge with so many areas of life. The truth is that sometimes life is messy, and we can therefore be tempted to believe that the answer is found in leaving or starting again.

But the thing I’ve discovered about mess is, that it usually follows you wherever you go. Although you may find another clean table, soon enough it will be filled with the wrappers from the next meal, and you’ll be faced with a similar mess again.

Often the one of the most courageous decisions we can make when faced with the mess or difficulties of life is to stay.

Staying takes courage because it usually means we need to humble ourselves and be honest about our own weaknesses and failings that are inevitably exposed by the winds of time. It means we need to persevere through challenges rather than avoid them, and endure seasons that aren’t as exciting as the ‘good old days’.

But for those who have the courage to stay, there is a great reward:

‘Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him’ – James 1:12 (ESV)

Although there are times that God will uproot us and shift us into a new season, lasting growth is not found in leaving, but in remaining still long enough for your roots to go deep into the soil that God has provided for you in this season. As you remain steadfast despite the challenges, you will not only grow stronger, but will produce a great amount of fruit for others to taste and enjoy!

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