Hitting the Wall

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 1:6

Many endurance runners describe hitting the wall at the marathon’s 20-mile mark. This has been calculated as the point when they physically run out of fuel. Their glycogen levels are exhausted, resulting in overwhelming feelings of heaviness in the legs. Concentration diminishes, and despair overtakes them.

We can feel this way when we get partway through a difficult situation. Bill Hybels describes perseverance as the ability to crash through quitting points. The hard part is when we want to quit after we’ve exhausted our own strength. A serious runner strategizes how he will break through that wall and run strong those last few miles to finish well.

Anything worth doing in life that brings reward will have trials. Keeping your marriage vows, raising a family, starting a business, running a marathon, living true to God and other worthwhile endeavors have their own challenges. At some stage, you will hit the wall and you may have the perfect excuse to quit. This is the critical point when you need to decide to keep going. Once you push through the wall, it will get easier. Your resilience will become stronger and you’ll be better equipped to face future challenges as well. Don’t give up. Success may be closer than you think.