A man approached Jesus and asked him to cast out an evil spirit in his son. Jesus said to the man, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible.” The man, “said with tears, Lord… help thou mine unbelief.”
This man did not have belief, but willingness. Jesus healed this man’s son.
Sometimes in life, all you can do is look up. Life is difficult at times. You may struggle with depression or something that beats down on you daily. In these moments when you persevere, you may be demonstrating more courage in God’s eyes than you could ever imagine.
A hopeful attitude is hard. Keeping a hopeful attitude while persevering through difficulty is even harder. But whatever straits you’re in you can always look up and you can always push forward.
You may get discouraged if you don’t obtain change or see results right away. Society often seeks quick fixes. But in the end, quick fixes are usually neither quick, or a fix.
It appears that the persevering of the will is what matters most when trying to bring about change. Persevering of the will enlarges and increases personal capacity and through that capacity, change inevitably seems to follow. This is why abstinence, even attempted abstinence, brings change. Don’t give up for not seeing the end result but continue to cultivate your capacity to get there.
What may matter most isn’t how many times you fail in your efforts but how many efforts there are in your failings.
These moments of enduring struggle build you. Slowly moving against difficulty cultivates character. The determination to pick yourself up after repeated failure, empowers the will. Attempts, no matter how small, ushers change.
Remember, if you are desiring improvement, it isn’t because you are bad but because you are good. The more you step into the light, the more vivid weaknesses become. As you persevere, you may see more and more things you need to change, not because you are failing, but because you are succeeding. Those who fall backwards, see less and less.
Those in darkness often do not realize how much they need light. Those that obtain little light see things they never saw before. Seeing that you need change should bring confidence and hope, not discouragement and dispair.
Perhaps you just wanted to focus on your addiction, but after you stepped into the light, you see other areas of your life needing improvement. This doesn’t mean you’re failing, but that you are succeeding! The strange thing about improvement is that, it usually never ends. Once one goal is reached, it is replaced by another. Not because you are a bad person, but because you are a good person seeing more bad.
Anyone that strives to change may realize that they have begun a full treatment within themselves. Initially, an alcoholic just wants to become sober. But as he starts to change, he realizes he has also treated his family poorly. He discovers what he is now seeking isn’t just sobriety, but something beyond. An honest man, or being a supportive father has become more important to him.
So where do you get the idea that you are not good enough? Where do you get the idea that you are a failure? If you persevere through life’s difficulties, change is always available and it may not be because you are completely capable, but because you are willing.