Christopher Robin to Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
I remember starting gymnastics in fifth grade. I came home from my first lesson and cried to my mother.
Me: It’s too harrrrrrrrd! (whine) They want me to do backbends! It hurts my back! I can’t do it. I’m not going back. (sob)
Meanest Mom on the Block: Yes you can. And yes you are. So quit your whinin’.
I don’t remember exactly what happened after that, but I’m pretty sure she went on with her business as if the matter were closed!
Every week after that she drove me to gymnastics and forced me to get out of the car until I finally mastered backbends and eventually back handsprings.
Because I was fortunate enough to have the meanest mother on the block, I learned from that experience that I can do things that seem too hard at first. That lesson has served me well many times over the years.
Whenever we decided homeschoolingwas the education we wanted for our children, even though we didn’t know any homeschoolers at the time, I said, “I can do that!”
When I decided to try unmedicated childirth, I said, “I can do that!”
When I decided to sign up to read The Bible in 90 Days, I said, “I can do that!”
I have never wanted to try sky diving or running a marathon, but I if I ever do, I will say, “I can do that!”
I don’t have anything special that other people don’t have, and things don’t come easier for me than for the rest of mankind. I just know when I try to do things that seem too hard for me at first, if I stick to it even when I feel like giving up, sometimes I reach the end… and there I am. I have done it.
Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of times I have felt like giving up on a myriad of attempted tasks, as evidenced by the gymnastics story above. But, when I am willing to receive encouragement, through friends and family, or God’s promises, I often find that I can do things that seem too difficult.
When a mother of five and new homeschooler asked me recently if homeschooling a large family is hard, I answered her honestly, “Yes. homeschooling a large family is hard work.” Then I asked her if she thought childbirth produced a worthwhile result. “Yes!” she answered. “Was it easy?” I asked. She replied that since she practiced unmedicated childbirth, it was far from easy.
I told her that homeschooling is like that. It produces a worthwhile result, but it is hard work.
Try to do things that seem too hard. Then stick with it when you feel like giving up. You just might surprise yourself.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13