The old phase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” is definitely true.
The dictionary defines tough as strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough or careless handling. Synonyms include durable, strong, resilient and long-lasting.
When problems arise, as they eventually will, the tough, buckle down.
They strap in for the bumpy ride.
They don’t turn tail and run.
The tough understand that giving up, is not only intentional failure, it’s not even easier.
I think it’s also true that when the going gets tough, the non-tough don’t get going.
They just go.
Either by just shutting down and trudging through a stream of days on auto-pilot or by actually going. Bailing. Running.
It’s an understandable instinct. Who doesn’t wanna run when it hurts? When it’s hard? When it seems hopeless?
But, in a broken world, filled with broken people, we can’t simply throw them away when things go wrong, anymore than we’d junk our car if we had a flat tire.
When I break a pair of cheap sun glasses, I sigh, throw them out and head to the dollar store.
Buying a new car every time a tire goes flat, a headlight burns out, or the brakes go doesn’t make any sense.
So, why do we approach a cracked windshield differently than those cheap sunglasses?
We place much greater value on the car.
Whether we decide to work on what’s broken or throw it away, tells us how much we value it.
And ignoring that flat tire or squealing brakes only leads to bigger issues, often with disastrous and costly consequences.
Let’s think of the people in our lives as less disposable.
Let’s live out the 16 things 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says love is, isn’t, does and doesn’t even when they don’t!
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres 8 Love never fails….”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Something to think about…