No matter who you are, who you work for, how often you work out, how often you praym or how many times you have to change a diaper, sooner or later you will experience "The Grind.” Those are the times when it is not only tough to do what you know what to do, but it feels like you are pushing against a brick wall to try to do it. Those moments are when major character, toughness and great faith are built.
Most of you know what a joy it has been for me to experience this new job, the travel, the palm trees, the added income........Oh how God has blessed me and I am doing Hallelujah's nightly! I cannot be happier. But this trip, this week, has been a grind. Tough to drive the 7 hours, tough to get up this morning, hard to face the 98 degree heat today and worse, everybody buying cars lost their minds and decided to pay retail at a wholesale auction. Somewhere along the way, I lost my mind too, but it was not from paying too much if you know what I mean!
Like I said, after changing a thousand diapers you Moms know what I mean. After 50 crunches, a 26 mile run and 20 laps of the pool, you workout nuts know what I mean. And, all of you stuck on 285 reading this blog know what I mean. "The Grind" is where our mettle is tested. Jesus experienced this with the crowds and probably all of their groaning, complaining and neediness might have worn him out just a little. So he took a little trip to a place where he could be alone and spoke with his father about peace and grace and love and all of those things which make us accept "The Grind" as part of life.
Me, I am fixing to go eat some Chinese food after writing this blog, looking forward to a better day tomorrow, and have scheduled a visit with my oldest daughter and 3 grandchildren. I am hoping that my fortune cookie doesn't say "tomorrow will be big challenge for you.” But I am praying, I am realizing just how fortunate I am to have such a loving, forgiving Lord who blesses me beyond what I can comprehend and still puts up with me.
How about you? Are you in "The Grind?” Hold on, go through it, and on the other side you will see a bright sun shining day, with all the hope of success on the horizon. All of your hard work and toughening it out will pay off...........but for those who doubt, I will let you know how tomorrow is!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.