In a moment of self doubt or on the verge of giving up, the one thing I consistently remind our kids when it gets ‘too hard’ is of that as a family, “we love doing hard things”.
The reason we encourage our kids to live this way (while seeking to live it ourselves) is that anything worth doing in life usually involves a lot of grit, determination, hard work and perseverance. Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
But there are times in life when even grit and determination won’t be enough to break through and overcome.
Sarah was old and barren. She had passed her ‘use by date’, and it was impossible for her to conceive. No amount of grit or determination could reverse her biological clock that had struck way past midnight.
But in the midst of impossibility, God spoke a word to her husband that would give birth to the dreams He had breathed into her heart long ago:
“I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” – Genesis 18:10 (NLT)
Overwhelmed by the impossibility of the situation, Sarah silently laughed to her self:
“How could a worn – out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when… my husband is also so old?” (18:12)
But immediately God reaffirmed His promise, reminding her that although this would be beyond her capacity to achieve, that it was never too hard for Him to bring His promise into reality:
“Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son” – Genesis 18:14 (ESV)
Although we don’t like to admit it, there are many times in life that we are faced with things that are just too hard for us. But the moment that grit and determination takes us to the end of ourselves is the same moment we discover the start of something supernatural. It’s at this point we truly discovery that nothing we face in life is too hard for the Lord.