Suppose you’re working on a project that needs to be done by the end of the day and a serious obstacle pops up. Does it make you more, or less determined to accomplish your goal?
It’s different for each of us, and it also depends on the obstacle and the project.
For Jesus, the “project” was our salvation.
The “obstacle” was his human weakness.
Try as he might, the cross was simply too heavy. For a second time, he fell under its weight. Yet somehow, somehow, he managed to get up and proceed on his way again. The obstacle, it seems, made him even more determined.
Or was it the importance of the project?
Perhaps it was both.
Regardless, he did it for us, so that we can be with him in Eternity.
When you face an obstacle, you have three choices.
- Give up.
- Grit your teeth and power through it.
- Grit your teeth and proceed in the spirit of self-sacrifice.
Every obstacle is a chance to imitate our Lord as he carried his cross up Calvary. It’s a gift – a means by which we can join in his suffering and participate in the salvation of others through redemptive suffering.
Wouldn’t be a shame to waste that opportunity?