How often have you complained about your struggles, and after you heard someone else’s struggle, you began to be thankful for what you were going through?
Do you feel this way because you think you wouldn't be able to handle their situation? Do you realize that maybe what you are going through, might not be as bad as you thought or were trying to make it out to be? Were you looking for sympathy or empathy? Are you in a battle, struggle, or fight inside of a relationship with your kids, spouse, co-worker, family member, friends or possibly yourself?
Have you reached the point that you are ready to throw in the towel on those relationships or situations because you feel that the fight is not worth it and turning your back would be the best option?
How many of you would go through what Paul did to remain in a relationship? Paul received forty lashes minus one, three times he was beaten with rods, once pelted with stones, three times shipwrecked, he spent a night and a day in the open sea and he had to stay constantly on the move. He had been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from fellow Jew, in danger from Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. He labored and toiled and often went without sleep and knew of hunger and thirst and had been without food; and was cold and naked.
With all of that, he never threw in the towel and remained faithful to his relationship. He had many opportunities to throw fits of rage, slander, gossip, and cause disorder but instead he continued to remain humble and grateful to his relationship. Bob Dylan sang the words "the only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keepin' on, like a bird that flew; tangled up in Blue." The term "keep on keepin' on" is a phrase that is often used to encourage someone. Other phrases such as "hang in there, don't give up, keep pushing, keep fighting, or stay strong" are other phrases that could be used to keep someone focused.
So my good folks, I offer you this. Continue to stay focused on the fight in which you might be entangled in. If you are in a situation and you feel as if you are being suffocated because your back is against the wall, take a step back and remember "to fight you must be focused on what you are fighting for." Not all things are worth it but if it is "Keep on Keepin On." #SPEAK2MYHEART