At the end of my first semester of my freshman year in college, I had a million assignments on my plate with finals around the corner and a 15 page paper due that week as well. I was so overwhelmed that I just wanted to quit. I wanted to give up, but I was failing to look at the big picture. I had worked so hard the whole semester, and to give up right before finals would make all my previous hard work go to waste.
My biggest form of motivation was this quote: “There is Joy in the execution of responsibility.”
My dad was the one who constantly told me this to remind me that once I had completed finals week, I would have so much JOY in completing that which seemed impossible. I did complete the semester gaining 20 hours of credit that year, and I had rocked my 15 page paper along with my tough Chemistry and Calc 2 exams.
This instance is only one of the many life challenges I have faced. We all know the sense of empowerment we feel completing a hard task. There is so much JOY that comes with seeing a finished product.
This is exactly what Jesus went through when He died on the cross for us and took on the most difficult task of all. His challenge was greater than any challenge we will face in this world. He was given the responsibility of saving each and everyone of us. His challenge brought him so much pain for mistakes and sins that he never once did. He took our burdens to the cross, and though it was tough, HIS EXECUTION OF THIS RESPONSIBILITY still brings Him GREAT JOY when he sees his children on earth dancing through LIFE.
My point in sharing this is to continuously send the message to believe in yourself and believe in one’s ability to take on challenges. We can all do the impossible with God on our side. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who execute their responsibilities with such grace, and I hope that this brings you the confidence you need to face your challenges.
Do not always look at the mountain that you must climb, but imagine what the view will be on top.