Sometimes we struggle through TERRIBLE, DIFFICULT, AWFUL stuff. Children get cancer... tragic accidents happen... people betray us... we are unjustly accused... during these times I sometimes struggle to slay my inner cheerleader. See in cheerleading form matters... smiles matter... pointed toes... synchronization... energy... they all matter. It's not good enough to throw the hardest skill... hit the hardest stunt... perform the most difficult jump... you have to do ALL of these perfectly and with a smile no matter if you just face planted 8 counts ago.
But struggles aren't cheerleading. You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to smile and point your toes. In struggles sometimes it's enough to just get through.... Sometimes it's ugly... like tears and snot mixed together ugly...
sometimes it's a close call... like you're hanging by your fingertips with terror seeping out of every pore, but you didn't give up close call.
See I think struggles are more like basketball... in basketball no one cares if you smile... or point your toes... or are in perfect sync with your teammates.... in basketball you just gotta get the ball through that net. That's all. And in struggles you've just got to make it through with your faith intact. Just don't give up. Just don't let go. It's okay if you ugly cry. It's okay if you kick and scream. It's even okay if you WANT to throw in the towel.... just don't do it! Just. Don't. Give. Up.
...and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,