Most athletes have a mental toughness. When our bodies are pushed beyond their limits, that toughness helps us handle the pressure - by staying calm and making smart decisions. So how do we develop mental toughness in our faith? How do we handle the pressure when our spirit is weak, when we feel as if we can't take it anymore, or when doubt tempts us to stop believing?
Our doubts may be strong: but with God, we are stronger and our spirit is tougher. Philippians 4:13 (NRSV) says "I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me." We can push ourselves not to give up, just as we do in sports. We can exercise our spirit by reading the word of God. We can strengthen our faith through prayer. If we ask God to help us overcome our fears, God will help us build confidence and spiritual toughness as we explore our doubts and questions. Spiritual toughness comes from keeping our focus on God. When times are hard, when the pressure is on, both our faith and our doubts can lead us to God.
Ask your child...
What turbulence in your life leaves you feeling worried, scared, or overwhelmed?
Who or what helps you stay anchored to the Rock?
What doubts do you have about yourself? your beliefs?
When has seeking answers or exploring doubts strengthened your faith?
Challenge your child...
What habits or practices might help you develop a sturdier spiritual core, making you more balanced, strong, and flexible?
Which of these practices come easy? Which ones feel more strenuous?
Hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our soul. In fact, hope reaches behind the curtain and into the most holy place. Jesus has gone there ahead of us. Hebrews 6:19-20 (CEV)