Sometimes the hardest thing of all is just to show up. I’ve had more days than I care to count where the most difficult part of my day was gathering the will power to just get out of bed and face the day before me. Rise and shine was the last thing I wanted to do. No, I’d rather just stay in the dark with the pillow over my head, thank you very much.
Rising can be hard.
To rise would be to awaken to the pain that felt unbearable. But there were a tribe of small people who needed me to be involved in their daily life, so I rose. I got up and got going. It didn’t matter so much that I was a wreck, that I couldn’t focus, that I cried more often than I did anything else, that I couldn’t remember details, or even decide what to cook for dinner when I stared at the open pantry full of food. I was there, the mess that I was. I showed up. And that alone was hard. But my presence made a difference to those around me, even when I had nothing left to give.
Rising is worth it.
Sometimes the hardest part is learning to rise again after taking a tumble. God’s Word tells us that though the godly may stumble and fall seven times, they will rise again. [Proverbs 24:16] The key to being successful (or even just surviving on the hard days) is not being so skilled that we never fall. It’s learning to get up, dust off, and go again. Because we will fall. Sometimes we fall hard. Sometimes we fall fast. But we show the power and the goodness of the God we serve when we refuse to stay down.
Rising honors God.
So what challenge are you inspired to rise up to in your life? How do you gather the courage to rise again after a fall?
PS–I hope you enjoyed today’s Five-Minute Friday. If you’re not familiar with it, you can read more about it here.
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain weary moms and to empower and equip them to live and parent with purpose.