It’s not what you do when everything is going smoothly. It’s what you do when adversity comes.
Remember your latest victory—even a small win. What came before that victory? What came before that small win? Was it a smooth road? Or was it adversity?
Before you graduated from school, did you walk through the smoothest roads or did you face the most difficult of adversities?
When you launched a business.
When you got promoted.
When you got married or when the person you’re dating finally said yes.
Your life changes most during your defining moments. And what makes all the difference are the choices you make in them.
Your defining moment is the easiest time to quit or give up. It’s when nothing seems to be going right. It’s when adversity as right at your face.
But, in your defining moment, you have to make the most difficult choice of continuing, of moving forward. Only then can you fulfill God’s plan for your life.
The defining moment for Jesus was the agony in the garden, in the place called Gethsemane.
Jesus was about to face the most difficult of adversities—His death.
He could have chosen to quit, to not move forward. Yet, He chose to move forward following the will of the Father.
He faced the adversities—He was scourged, He carried His cross, He was crucified, and He died on the cross.
Yet, without facing all those adversities, salvation would not have come to us. The Father’s plan would not have been fulfilled. The world would not have been saved. He would not have been lifted high and the Father not glorified through His resurrection.
How about you? Are you in your defining moment? What will you choose? Will you choose to quit so you don’t have to suffer anymore? Or will you choose to move forward, face all adversities, and reach your destiny?
Make the right choice even though it’s not the easiest choice.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Withdrawing a second time, he prayed again, “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!” Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open. He left them and withdrew again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing again. Then he returned to his disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. Look, my betrayer is at hand. — Matthew 26:36-46
P.S. The version of Matthew of the agony in the garden is my favorite version. It showed how human Jesus was. You can really feel His sorrow and His distress as He withdrew from His prayer and went back to His disciples a couple of times. You can feel how He asked the Father to take away the cup of suffering. Yet, you can feel how much He trust the will of God in His life. Finally, you can feel His courage and conviction when He said, “Behold, the hour is at hand.”
P.P.S. I’m really sorry for not being able to post yesterday. I underestimated the time it took for me to write the post I was writing. I’ll make it up to you tomorrow with a long post and some practical tips on how to maintain your creativity.
Every Sunday, I take a break from writing about Work, Life, and Changing the World. Instead, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love as my personal mission to spread His word and His love and to make a difference. You can read more Mission posts here.