The word ‘relentless’ has been bouncing around my brain for
over a week now. I know it can have negative connotations, but that’s not the
kind of relentless I mean. I mean having the will to stay with an idea or
action no matter what, because it’s the right thing.
I admire people who accomplish the goals they set for
themselves. The woman who loses
fifty pounds, the Olympic swimmer who wins a gold medal, the troubled teen who
turns it all around and finally earns that GED. On the surface, I see the
shining moment of victory. Lying just beneath all the glitter, are the minutes, hours and years
of non-stop hard work.
I stand in awe of the toil and self-sacrifice. The
commitment to the road they have chosen has to be made, and remade, every single
day. Each goal had it’s own unique demands for success. Each person said ‘yes’
to those demands. They embody, for me, the meaning of relentless.
So…I think that God is asking me to put some time aside, and use that time to reevaluate my own goals. I need to figure out which ones are his and which ones
are just mine. Once that’s settled, the big question looms. Am I ready to put
all my effort into the remaining goals? Can I wake up every morning and
dedicate myself to the work God wants me to do? No excuses. Just aim for the
Pursuing something in spite of hardship is not easy. St.
Paul was an incredibly successful missionary for the Church. But listen to the
cost: “Five times...I received forty lashes minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned…” (2 Cor 11:24-25) and
the list goes on. Yet, he never dreamed of quitting. He knew his mission and his goal. Hardship would not deter him.
I am not going to beaten with rods (phew!) if I don't hone in on my God-given goals and do my best. But I will disappoint him, and that might feel
The Lord is knocking on my door. He is whispering the word
“Relentless.” It’s time to open the door and let him in. We’ll clean the house
together, and toss out the things that don’t matter. What remains will be the
projects that have my name on them.
He'll turn to me and wait. The silence will be deafening. Will I
I won’t refuse the Lord. I’m ready to try. I know I won’t be
perfect, but he knows that too. If I truly am the one called to do it, then he
will be with me. When it gets hard, he’ll either change the
situation, or change me, so I can keep going.
This is an important time. I need to listen and pray. I shouldn't try to force my way. Like
the tortoise in Aesop’s Fable, ‘slow and steady’ will win the race. Yes,
the hare lost out by being overconfident, but I think the real hero of the story is
the tortoise. He gets the prize for being…you guessed it...relentless.
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