I’m already chuckling at the thought of trying to explain this phrase. Okay, I’m not even going to try.
I’ll use it in context though
‘She do me strong thing’. This is an acceptable phrase to use after your girlfriend calls you that her car broke down on a bridge and you drive 2 hours (in traffic) to get to her to find out she has left- the car started working again and she has a perfectly good reason why she couldnt tell you (no signal or phone died or she didnt know you were coming works).
This might be a bit of an exaggeration though.
Its hard to explain but I know’strong things’ are not supposed to be wicked or malicious. They are just strong. Lol.
Anyway, someone said something that got me really thinking a little while ago. I’ll paraphrase:
‘The only thing separating you from your next level might be some strong decisions you are refusing to make’
Ever been there? Or even, are you still there? Tired of where you are and wishing you could escape, but you have REALLY strong habits/routines that are really tying you down to your present rut.
I’ll use myself as a case in point (yikes!)
I can be very shy. The would-rather-not-meet-new-people-except-I’m-with-my-old-people kind of shy. (Somebody, somewhere out there totally gets what I’m talking about, I know). The fallout of this is that I typically take longer than usual to make new friends. (Once you get to know me though, I’m like the total opposite)
This character trait could be termed as cute or needy or loyal or… it doesnt matter. One thing it is not is helpful. I cant count how many times I have been in the midst of a lot of people- and totally alone. I hate to think of how many meaningful associations I am sure i have passed up. Like I said- very unhelpful.
The strong decision I have/had/have to keep on making? Be ready to be uncomfortable, be ready to be faced with my relatively-unadept-social-interaction-skills (I couldnt use the ‘Nerd’ word) and just do it- talk to people I dont know.
Sometimes, the strong decision is much more complicated than the one I have put up. Some people need to leave that church they are totally comfortable in and just go. Some people have to decide to work professionally with someone that has caused them a great deal of personal hurt. A sleep lover might have to decide to wake up at 2 am and work till 6am, before getting up and going to work in order to finish that book they have always dreamt of writing.
Some decisions are really strong things.
Thats why its hard to make them. So we try to negotiate. Point out a thousand and ten people that have done it without all the hassles we are about to put ourselves through. Besides, isn’t everything already freely given by grace- and all your work adds nothing to anything?
One question- how is that working out for you?
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12: 2
The King James version
I saw a quote about 1 year ago that I never forgot:
But no man has ever seen his dreams fulfilled and regretted the sacrifice necessary to fulfill it
Strong decisions are never easy. They are often very painful or just really uncomfortable if we are really lucky. But tomorrow is at stake. Your destiny and future is at stake.
You can either grow or be comfortable.
It is totally up to you.
Have a nice week ahead and stay Connected!
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