Naturally, we want to do whatever we can to minimize the heartache and frustrations of life. And certainly we should. But there are many moments in which we’ve done all we can and all that’s left is for us to hold on and weather the storm.

Perhaps we can discover a more efficient way to do our work or a better approach in navigating relational difficulties. With hard work we can often figure out many of the challenges before us.

And this is a good use of our strength.

At the same time, there’s wisdom in realizing we cannot fix every problem. There are storms in life we must simply endure.

But this endurance is not resignation. Holding on is not the same as giving up.

To hold on is an active position – the soldier standing firm against an enemy attack or the community hunkering down to protect life and property as severe weather passes over.

To hold on suggests there’s something of value we’re not willing to give up.

For instance, someone might hold a false impression of us. And while we can try to correct their opinion, in the end, we must simply hold on to the truth of who we are. Our integrity is worth holding on to even when faced with the misunderstandings of others.

And this is the same throughout our life and relationships.

We hold on to the hope and promises of God even through our dark days.

We wish there was more we could do to bring about the joy and relief we desire, but many days we must simply hold on – groaning and waiting with all of creation for God’s ultimate redemption.

By all means, advance the good whenever you can. There’s often much more we can do.

But once you’ve done all you can, remember to hold on and not give up.

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