Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Things are intense. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. You are in pain, and you just want to give up. Press on, girl! Press on!
While in labor and having my first son there came a point when I wanted to give up. So I told the doctor:
“I don’t care how you’ll get this baby out. I’m in pain and this doesn’t seem to go anywhere.”
And what was his response?
Come on! I can see the head already. Press on… three or four more times and the baby is out.
All of the sudden things changed. No longer did I focus on the pain, but instead I longed to see my baby. That motivated me to press on.
What are you facing today? Do you find yourself in a situation where it is hard not to concentrate on the uncertainty that lies ahead of you? What do you pay attention to? Is it the pain you are in at the moment? Or is it the sorrow of not knowing the outcome of this? Whatever it is, you need to press on, girl!
Whenever you are in agony or feel anxiety rise up inside of you, remember what God’s Word says in Colossians 3:2
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
True, going through labor is hard. From the first to the last the contractions build up in strength, and there is less and less time in between them. If you keep concentrating on the pain it will get more and more intense and almost unbearable; meaning, you will soon want to give up. If you will fix your eyes on the baby, however, you will press on until it is born.
Comparing this to life on earth gives us a great model to press on until our soul will leave this earthly vessel to go and be with the LORD forever. Hallelujah!
Press on and keep your eyes upon Jesus.