I’m excited to host my friend Tiffany on the blog today! I hope you’ll be encouraged by her words. At the end of the post, be sure to check out all the details on her new book, Running Mascara: Embracing the Beauty of an Imperfect Church.
P.S. If you’re anywhere near the Augusta, GA, area, stop by Tiffany’s book launch party! It’s Saturday, May 21, from 1-5pm at Barnes and Noble. You’ll be able to meet Tiffany (you definitely need to meet her) and get a signed copy of her book! Click here for more info!
The alarm beeps louder and louder the longer it sounds in order to remind you that it is time to wake up for another day. You cover your head with the pillow to try to block out its repetitive pounding in your ear drums. You do your best to ignore it but your conscience reminds you of all of the others in the house that the alarm might wake up, so you decide to swing your legs on the side of the bed and force your feet to the ground. You wobble to your desk in order to punch the alarm clock to hush its harsh tones and reach for your Bible, knocking it onto the floor.
Frustrated, you turn your lamp on, pick up your Bible, and sit down to spend some time with the Creator of the universe. You begin to pray but you struggle to stay awake. You start to dose off, so you shake your head side to side to stay awake. You want to stay faithful, so you finish up your prayers with another “amen” and you proceed to pry your eyes open in order to make out the letters on the page for a fresh encouragement from Him. You finish up and do your best to tackle a new day.
You go about the rest of your morning routine. You eat your breakfast, grab your keys, and head to your car. Between the house and the car, you say hi to your grumpy neighbor who never says hi back to you thinking that this may be the day that they return the favor, but they don’t. You do your best not to mutter nasty words under your breath as you crank your car up to head to school or work. You do the same thing every day. You always say hi to that person that no one else ever says hi to. You pick up the slack of those in your group study/office. You pray for those constantly that the Lord brings to mind but you never hear of any reports on how these people are doing at all. You get even more discouraged because God doesn’t always answer your prayers the way that you think that He should.
You are tired. You want to quit. You are starting to think that maybe this Christianity thing is just too hard. You want to sleep in every day instead of getting up early because you could probably use the extra sleep. You want to walk to your car and not say hi to your neighbor because it hurts when they constantly reject you. You want to be the lazy one at work/school because it is tiring always being the one that steps up their game. You want to be the person that someone talks to instead of always going out of your way to make someone else feel comfortable. You are exhausted, weary, and keep wondering if anything you do is worth it…if you should keep on doing what you are doing because it all just seems pointless…
Friend, is this you? Are you feeling weary right now? Are you wanting to throw in the towel and quit this whole Christ following thing because it’s exhausting? If you do feel this way right now, let me just say to you that you are not a terrible person! WE have ALL been to the point of wanting to quit in our walk with God. Unfortunately, I have been in this place more times than I would like to admit. But I am here to tell you today to KEEP ON! DON’T QUIT! YOU HAVE NO IDEA THE VALUE OF ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING ON A DAILY BASIS!
I once heard a friend tell a story of a man who went to God and said, “God, what should I do?” God told him, “I want you to go outside, every day, and push on that big rock over there.” So the man did exactly what God told Him to do. He did every day, for a whole year. He was so frustrated because after pushing the rock daily, for a whole year, the rock still did not move. He went to God in anger. He stood in front of Him and said, “God, what is going on? I am so angry! I have been pushing this rock for a year and NOTHING has happened. The rock hasn’t moved at all!” God spoke to him and said, “Child, I did not ask you to move the rock I just asked you to push it. See, now you are stronger because you have been consistent in your obedience. Now, that you are stronger, go do what I have called you to do.”
In this walk with Christ it is so easy to want to quit sometimes because we think that all that we are doing is worthless but trust me when I say…nothing is worthless in God’s eyes and NOTHING IS WASTED! Galatians 6:9 tells us, “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we do not give up” (HCSB). We have no idea how strong the things that we think are monotonous are actually making us. We also have no idea when God will tell us to “Go, do this now!” We have no idea how strong our voice of hope is making the person we say “Hi” to on a daily basis. We have no idea if picking up the slack at school/work is actually making other people realize how they should be in helping others. WE MAY NEVER KNOW, but that doesn’t mean that we should ever quit doing good.
Christian, we have to keep going no matter how tired we are. Not only do we have God that never leads our side and gives us the strength we need when we are weak to help us to keep on going, but we are the hope to those around us. We are here to encourage them to keep on going. We are here to help others get stronger and to maybe even have their breakthrough. See, follow through isn’t just for us…it is for those who God has put into our paths in our lives as well. So, I leave you with these words friend…for the sake of yourself and those around you…KEEP ON KEEPING ON!!!
Tiffany Wasson has been in ministry in some form or fashion since she was 14 years old. Her journey started out at Lighthouse Christian Broadcasting in Saint Marys, Georgia, as a youth leader, on air minister, and radio show host. Currently, she resides in Augusta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. In her daily life she likes to write, run, and laugh as much as possible. Overall she is passionate about helping the church in any way that she can, especially youth groups. She longs to see the next generation constantly looking to Jesus, the author and perfector of their faith (Hebrews 12:2).
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About the Book
When most people meet Jesus for the first time they are wild and free, passionate, and ready to embrace their Savior; which means also coming face to face with their brokenness. They are not ashamed to admit that they need Jesus to fix them. However, over time in their Christian walk they start to forget the simple fact that all people are shattered glass, and in constant need for Jesus to be the glue to hold them together. They start to play God and fashion themselves to being this perfect picture of what they think a Christian should look like in order to fit into the kingdom of God, and do His work.
The danger in this downward spiral is that not only does it cause the Christ follower to fall because they are trying to fix themselves, but it also keeps new people from coming into the Kingdom of God. The non-believer may feel like they are not good enough. Playing the perfect church (CHRISTIAN?) is a dangerous playground. The Bride of Christ must embrace their constant need for the Savior so that more people will fall in love with Him; the One that seeks out the broken to heal them and set them free.
Do you find yourself running the hamster wheel of trying to be the perfect Christian? Are you exhausted and feel like if you let your foot slip up just once that you will disappoint Jesus and turn the church away from your side? Trust me when I say that you can be free from the vicious cycle of perfectionism. Are you ready to embrace your brokenness and your constant need for a Savior? Only by learning this truth will you truly be set free. Freedom is near…can you feel it?