I have been thinking a lot lately about doing hard things. I even made a little video on it here.
Whatever hard thing you are doing, whether it is a rigorous workout schedule, homeschooling, foster care, caring for aging parents, single parenting, eliminating sugar, or whatever else you can fill in the blank with, you can count on going through periods of discouragement and wanting to quit.
But keep this in mind when you feel that way: Your children are watching you and learning how to react in difficult circumstances. Is it best to give up when things get tough? Is it okay to throw in the towel when it is harder than you expected it to be? Or do you stick with it and get help when needed?
I believe it is powerful for our children to see us struggle with a task, yet keep on going. They need to see us trying hard things and chipping away at them one day at a time, never giving up because it is “too hard.”
Show your children what it looks like to use outside resources, seek encouragement, and go to God in prayer when hard things discourage you. And show them what it looks like not to be afraid to do something difficult and see it through.
Be sure to click on my video above to hear more of my thoughts on this.