What if I told you, that you were stronger than you allowed yourself to believe? I’m not so much talking about physical strength, although that is a valid part of strength. But do you know how much you can take mentally and emotionally? Do you know your breaking point?
If not, I strongly believe that you should know what that point is, not only for the betterment of yourself. But for the betterment of those around you. You see, I think our culture as a whole is so deathly afraid of challenge and hardship, that our foundations break under the slightest bit of pressure.
I mean, Jesus Christ was the one, real man that everyone in human history. The man, or God man rather. Took the ultimate beating, carried the cross on His back and gave up His life so that others may live. He was everything a person, should be. As a man, I have come to realize that my real strength, drive and the ability to persevere under pressure. Is not so much white knuckling through the deep waters of water, be it in life or the gym.
But learning to be strengthened by Gods spirit, grace and love. Jesus did the same, in the garden. Faced with literally the weight on his shoulders (Matthew 26:36-46), Jesus asks the father if he could take this cup from Him, as most of us would do in our human nature. The key point here, is that Jesus was strengthened! And He pressed on to finish the mission.
Jesus knew that true strength, truly rested in the divine life line. I’m a big fan of Jocko Willink, he has been a huge motivator for me. But where him and I disagree, is that his strength comes from within himself. And I believe that my strength comes from outside in, meaning that my strength comes first, from being in Gods presence and putting on the spiritual armor (Eph 6).
Jesus was strong from the inside out, he probably had a fairly muscular build to Him, He knew how to be kind and loving to others. But at the same time he was not afraid to offend people when needed. And He sure wasn’t afraid to swing a whip when needed. He definitely was more bad ass then some people even realize.
If you want to be strong, fix your eyes on Jesus. If you want the best motivation, look at Jesus. If you want to be a different person than you were yesterday, look at Jesus. He can and has won the battle once a for all.
He is deep down, who you have always wanted to be.