Endurance: Learning to Manage the Pressure Cooker of Life

Why Worry About Endurance 

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into Glory - William Barclay - A Studio 1-37 ImageLife takes endurance and some weeks it just takes more than others. When we need to go the extra mile sometimes persistence isn’t enough. We need the extra training that endurance dictates. Endurance signals hard work and difficulty but if you have ever wanted to get better at something or even prepare for the possibilities of life you must be willing to train for endurance.

Endurance training echoes the old refrain ”practice makes perfect.” Often when we think of endurance we immediately think of athletes. If you watched any of the recent Olympian games you realize that those succeeding athletes appear to do so with effortless grace. But if you have ever attempted to do any athletic activity you quickly realize that it isn’t as easy as it looks.

The average Olympian trains a minimum of four hours a day at least 310 days a year for about six years before experiencing success. In order for them to have the necessary endurance that they need, they work at it every day. Most athletes have done more by 7 A.M. than many people do all day. How well an athlete performs attributes to both their mental and physical training. The specific quality of the training program plays a vital role in the results of the endurance the athlete displays. It is what keeps her moving forward towards her end goal.

Good training makes up for limitations. But even with good training a good attitude and serious effort must go with the performance. All of these factors put together makes for a more confident starting athlete with the endurance to finish the race. Winning athletes train by progressively increasing the amount and intensity of the work. They train for a specific area which prepares them for the endurance they need to compete.

Why Train for Endurance?

The athlete that doesn’t train is not considered a serious competitor and the odds stack against them in even holding the necessary endurance to complete the competition. Our faith also needs the endurance training to stand strong against the pressures of the world. We must train our faith. This training is one that continues to develop and doesn’t end until we are made perfect in His light.

God wants to make us mature and complete. We can only reach this point by training for endurance in the life race. This is more than just religion; this is the genuine religion needed to make it until the end. If we do not consistently and specifically train with perseverance for the ”long haul” we will find ourselves overwhelmed when the race of life gets difficult. We must be able to quickly draw upon our enduring faith when we first begin to struggle and fall behind. Training for endurance doesn’t begin during the race struggles. It must begin before the difficulties of the race fall upon us.

Our training is evident in our character and in how we react under pressure. Endurance is not easy but it does keep us moving forward. Endurance reactions can be small like showing kindness even when treated unkindly. But these reactions can also be big like when our lives are suddenly altered, dreams shattered, and earthly futures dimmed with huge life changing events. No matter the size of the reaction needed the investment bank needs to be in place. We must be willing to put in the necessary training for our relationship with God all the time. Much like training for a long distance race; a marathon is beyond reach if we have not gone further than a mile.

Endurance Training: An Investment in the Future

Good investments secure a safe and long future of quality living. Endurance training in faith is a sound investment. Quality development of our relationship and trust in God is essential for our endurance reactions. It is a continued process and not a course or class that we complete and then go onto something else. The training of our faith is an investment. This investment must continue every day so that when needed a withdrawal is available. This insures that we hold not only the ability to endure but to persevere reaching the other side of difficulty.

Are you training for faith endurance? The time is now, for God is waiting at the finish line. Click To Tweet

Are you training for faith endurance? The time is now, for God is waiting at the finish line.

So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete needing nothing. James 1:4 (NLT)

Endurance: Benefits Outweigh the Difficulties

Making your relationship with God your top priority of the day is the needed exercise for your soul. Click To Tweet

Making your relationship with God your top priority of the day is the needed exercise for your soul.  This is also an important part of maintaining your overall well-being. Your goal is to reach the maturity in which you can see your struggles as merely opportunities for further growth. Being able to turn to God first to help solve your problems and thanking Him for being with you in the tough and troubled times is the beginning of the lifelong commitment. This allows you to draw your strength from Him which provides the needed patience of faith endurance to keep moving forward with perseverance.

God does not leave you alone to struggle with your problems. He stays close and helps you grow through them. Training daily for endurance in your faith begins by simply spending time alone with Him. This builds up your faith so you can draw upon it when you need it. Being able to quickly turn to God and reacting in faith instead of anguish or knee-jerk actions doesn’t come overnight. It also doesn’t happen without a long-term commitment to training. But the benefits of endurance training are not just for your earthly life for this training has eternal measures too.

4 Benefits of Endurance Training

  1. Anti-Aging ”“ Training your faith for endurance brings about an earthly peace as you accept that God is in control. But the true anti-aging properties occur with the peace giving eternal benefits that having a personal relationship with God holds.
  2. Renewed Energy ”“ Committed alone time with God daily gives you the energy and strength to tackle the everyday activities’ ups and down’s. As your training continues and becomes a dedicated necessity it will allow you the ability to draw amazing energy and strength to handle overwhelming life situations that may present themselves.
  3. Improved Mood ”“ When you consistently train everyday with your faith you will see an overall mood upswing and your stress levels will decrease. This is because you recognize that you indeed are not alone and you have a helpmate that provides a storehouse of strength to draw upon when you need it.
  4. Improved Soul Tone and Overall Faith Health ”“ Training your faith for endurance is simply good for your full body’s eternal health. When you are in tune with God both your mental and physical health gets a powerful boost helping decrease the risks of serious health issues. When your outlook on life and death is secure your well-being is at its best.

Final Thoughts

Living by faith can seem like a huge risk when God’s instructions make no sense or require a long wait. But through endurance training you can clearly see how His unlimited power on eternal perspective can strengthen you. You must train your faith for full belief in the Lord challenging yourself to the commitment. In your training you will find conviction in knowing that your endurance is building helping you with the struggles of this world. It prepares you to be not only more Holy but aligns you for full and necessary development for His kingdom.

It takes courage to train for full obedience to Him but the motivation for endurance training is knowing that you can finish the race as a winner. Allow a comfort to descend upon you knowing that God holds the patience to train with you because He loves you and wants nothing more than to see your success. Endurance faith training allows you to manage life’s pressure cooker of problems on a day-to-day basis.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. Won’t you run all the way with the flame of your torch lit for Him? ”“ J. Stowell

Extra Study

Romans 5:3, Hebrews 12:1, 1 Peter 1:7

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