It’s Time to Rise

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How to Find Inner Strength By Colleen Rouse

When professional stunt woman Jessie Graff completed the American Ninja Warrior course in 2016 with twelve seconds on the clock, she was the first woman in history to do so. When asked what she hoped people would take away from her remarkable run, she responded, “You’re stronger than you think. You can conquer almost any obstacle if you’re willing to work for it.”

You’re probably not planning to participate in American Ninja Warrior anytime soon. However, there are multiple parallels between it and this thing we call life. Perhaps of greatest note, every obstacle along that course is designed to take the competitor out.

While life isn’t specifically designed with adverse intent, our daily routines are a crash course in survival, especially of late. The pandemic has tested everyone at every level. But humanity has been tested before. From war to times of raging illness and famine, struggle is nothing new.

We, as humans, as women, and as leaders, have a proud legacy of resilience. Defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or the ability of an object or substance to spring back into shape, resilience is the stuff of recovery. It is the muscle we need to emerge from trials, darkness, loss, grief, and the mire that is life. However, it requires a conscious decision on our part to access it and put it into practice.

Before Jessie made her historic win on American Ninja Warrior, she was in active recovery from multiple injuries. Her victory run didn’t start from a place of strength, but of weakness, and a commitment to recovery. Your victory run may feel out of reach today.

Good news. You’re exactly where you need to be.

You can’t win if there is no battle. Victory requires adversity. You can’t rise unless you begin at the bottom. I know you’re tired. I understand how weary the journey can be. Hopelessness can induce a paralysis of the spirit that seems unbreakable, but you will move again.

How do I know? Your future is assured in Scripture. The God who created the heavens has also created a survival mechanism and instilled it within your soul. It’s up to you to position your spirit, your body, your heart, and your mind to access it.

Your position is critical. Think of a sprinter crouching at the starting line. There’s power when you are down low. There is momentum to be gained when you know how to position yourself. The key here is training, discipline, and conditioning. There are three specific takeaways that will manifest in your life upon doing so.

First, you will be less of a target for the enemy.

Second, you will be healthier. From your physical and mental condition to the status of your relationships, expect marked improvements when you commit yourself to a regimen.

Finally, anticipate greater access to the Kingdom. As you bring yourself and your life into alignment, you will feel Him and hear Him in ways that you may have not in a very long time, if ever.

It’s time for you to reclaim the life God has created for you. It’s time to rise.

This article was extracted from issue 2 of Thrive Today! Magazine (Summer 2021). Learn how to get your copy of Thrive Magazine by visiting us here.