We can do hard things because we were born with gifts to do so.
This isn’t a new phrase by any means. But it’s one that I’ve really taken to heart in the past few days.
I don’t know where I originally heard this phrase. It’s something that almost every successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, life coach, and/or thought leader has spoken over the achievement of some obstacle holding them back. I’ve heard many of my friends use this phrase over victorious endeavors and I’ve seen hundreds of strangers online is it as a caption sharing their stories.
But for some reason, it has only just now stuck with me. I’ve only just now fully grasped what this actually means.
Recently, I was reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle* and the phrase, “we can do hard things”, was sprinkled all throughout. And it kept resonating with me over and over again. I even found myself repeating it to other people during moments of adversity. To me, this is such a comforting yet, powerful statement in times of trial.
We are stronger than we think
We can, in fact, do hard things. Why? Because we’ve been given the gifts to do so. We have the resources, talents, and strength. We have the ambition, passion, and resilience to persevere. Life can be hard. Life can be messy. But, life can also be beautiful and creative and innovative. We were created to remain triumphant and victorious over our lives, even in hard times. During times of pain and heartache, there are also times of restoration and healing. And I think this is where the beauty in John 16:20 rings true.
“Truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.”
How beautiful is it to know that despite struggle and difficulty, we will still remain victorious? Just because things are bad right now doesn’t mean we can’t make them good. Just because we are currently trekking through a global pandemic doesn’t mean that we won’t rise victoriously. I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe in hope and healing and all things life-giving. We are stronger than we think. It’s time that we step into that strength and utilize our resources for good. It’s time to rise up.
*Seriously, go read it! Such a powerful story, but be warned. It may be a challenging read for some. Proceed with caution.