Hope Fuels Endurance

Posted by Katy Bailey, Sloan Creek Next Gen Pastor, on Mar 27, 2022

Hope Fuels Endurance

Hope fuels endurance.

Anyone out there a marathon runner? I’m not. I do run. Ehm. Well, I trot. I’ve even run races every now and then and at the end of them, I’m whipped out. I couldn’t imagine going another mile let alone another thirteen.

Something I’ve read and heard from people who are marathoners is that during your race you’ll most likely get to a point where you are sure you can’t take another step. Everything in your body hurts and your brain is begging you to stop. You have given everything you have to give—but you keep going.

I don’t know how that works, but I’ve heard it from so many different people that I believe it’s true. I believe it’s possible to be completely exhausted. Completely spent. Completely overwhelmed and you just keep going.

We will all have a marathon season at some point in our lives. A season where everything hurts, we’ve been going for so long and we are spent, and yet we must keep moving. Most likely it’s because you have no other option but to keep moving.

My elderly grandparents live with my parents, and most of their care lands on my mother. She is happy to care for them. She loves my grandparents deeply and is so grateful she and my dad can manage all their needs. It is an act of selfless love…and the burden is heavy. Every part of her life revolves around their care and her brief moments of rest feel stolen. There are days she feels she can’t keep go on. But she does.

We have friends who have a medically fragile newborn in the NICU and a healthy toddler at home. They have no idea how long they will be living one foot in their house and the other in the hospital. Tired is a laughable understatement. They are physically, emotionally, and mentally on empty. But they keep going.

As I talk to nurses, teachers and parents, everyone seems to have the same sentiment. Tired was ages ago. We are far beyond tired right now. We are done, and we can’t see the finish line.

Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not grow weary in doing good, and honestly that feels like a tall order. How could I possibly *not* be weary? I’m back to my original question. How can we keep going when we have nothing left to give?

Romans 8 phrases it a different way, saying that there is something greater waiting for us on the other end of human suffering. That our burdens now, though they are real and heavy, will pale in comparison to the joy and wonder of what is to come. 

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay...We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (Romans 8:18-24)

And therein lies the secret of endurance: hope. A belief that the pain of right now is not all that our life will be. A belief that one day, even if that day is in heaven, we will receive a reward for our faith.

Hope is, I assume, what keeps a marathoner going. Their drive to keep going comes both from the experience of knowing that the pain is temporary and the hope that the glory of the finish line will make the discomfort of the race fade in comparison.

For you, dear friend, know that hope is a gift given to help you keep going, to whisper the promise of something better in the future. Maybe it’s the promise that the hard things of today will be worth it one day. Maybe it’s the promise that the hard things of today won’t last forever. So for today, may our exhaustion bring us to the feet of our Savior.

I'll leave you with a prayer for the weary:


I’m so worn down I have nothing left to give. Give me what I need for today, just enough to survive another minute, another day. Help me trust you with my tomorrow. Give me trust that I will wake up and You will be there with me, with what I need for the day. When I’ve lost perspective and all I can feel is pain, remind me that You are good and that You are even now working things together for good.


Share This:

Recent Stories

Swipe to Discover more

3 Ways To Keep Learning About Black History

Feb 25, 2024

Black History Month celebrates the heritage and achievements of black Americans, past and present. But why and how can we keep learning, once February is over?

Remembering the Dream: Honoring MLK, Jr.

Feb 23, 2024

Several Chase Oakers share their reflections on the impact and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

Five Things You Can Do For Lent This Year

Feb 11, 2024

What's the history of Lent? How is it observed? It's not just a way to pass time before Easter. It's a great opportunity to take some steps toward personal transformation.

Creative Ways that Everyone Can Celebrate Love

Feb 09, 2024

Valentine’s Day: love it, hate it, skip it? Whatever your view, love is for everyone at any age or life stage. We’ve got some fresh ideas for how everyone can celebrate love this week and beyond.

Where To Celebrate Lunar New Year 2024 in DFW

Feb 05, 2024

Happy Lunar New Year 2024! We've listed just a few of the many places you can celebrate the Year of the Dragon in DFW.

Four Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Black History Month

Jan 30, 2024

Black History Month is a celebration of the lives and achievements of African Americans who have made a difference in our world.

The Local Good Pantry: Nourishing Communities, Creating Hope

Jan 26, 2024

The newly opened Local Good Pantry offers hope to the surrounding community by addressing hunger and food insecurity with dignity.

12 Bible Verses for When You're Feeling Anxious

Jan 21, 2024

Feeling anxious? You're not alone. Be encouraged by these 12 Bible verses and the reassuring perspective they provide.

Finding Freedom and Forgiveness After Abuse: Rowena's Story (Part 2)

Jan 11, 2024

In confronting the cycle of abuse in her life, one woman found hope, healing, and something else: the freeing power of forgiveness.

Finding Freedom and Forgiveness After Abuse: Rowena's Story (Part 1)

Jan 10, 2024

Seeking to end years of domestic abuse, one woman found healing from an unexpected source.