Gideon is one of my heroes from the Old Testament. I love his humility and how God called him out as a mighty warrior and I love how he was obedient was victorious even through his humility. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I can read about Gideon and find someone who felt the same way and still found success.
The last time I read about Gideon, something new came to light for me. In Judges 8:4 I read, “Gideon and his three hundred arrived at the Jordan and crossed over. They were bone-tired but still pressing the pursuit (The Message). Gideon and his mean were almost too tired to carry on, but they kept pressing on in what God had called them to do.
Recently, as I was training to run a half-marathon I felt bone-tired a few times and felt like skipping my training for the day. Some days the 5-mile or 8-mile run seemed like it would take more energy than my body contained. The temptation to skip training for the day was overwhelming. However, I knew I had to keep moving forward in my training. I knew that I had to feel tired but train anyway.
Training is hard and it isn’t fun. There is no glamour in it, sometimes the weather stinks, sometimes traffic is annoying, sometimes my knees hurt. But, I know that I must feel tired but train anyway in order to complete my goal of completing a half-marathon.
Now, fast-forward to race day and as feeling fit, ready, and running I think about those days when I trained even though I was tired and I felt a sense of satisfaction in the fact that I trained on those bone-tired days.
Life can be that way. We might feel bone-tired and feel like we just can’t get through the day’s events. But, so many times the victory comes from the self-discipline of feeling tired but doing it anyway, just like Gideon and his men. The sense of satisfaction usually doesn’t show up until much later, after we’ve been able to rest a little, but it eventually comes as the truth sets in that we have overcome the limitations our mind would put on us.
Sometimes, all of us are going to have to feel tired but do it anyway. Self-discipline isn’t fun, it isn’t glamourous, and it isn’t pain free, but it is rewarding and there is satisfaction that we can only find when we practice that self-discipline – and feel tired but do it anyway!