The Art of Sucking It Up

Unless you live a charmed life of playing all day, eating bon bons (what are those, anyway?), and magically always being healthy, happy, and loved by everyone, you’ve probably noticed that in life, sometimes you just have to do things you don’t want to do. Or you have to not do things you do want to do.

That’s where the art of sucking it up comes in.

A couple of years ago, I started to notice that my metabolism wasn’t quite keeping up with me the way it did when I was younger. My clothes were starting to fit in unflattering ways, and my lack of concern for physical fitness was beginning to be obvious. For the first time in my life, I was actually going to have to exercise and/or watch what I was eating in order to keep my body looking the way I wanted it to.

Although I knew I needed to change some things in my life (i.e. actually work out and count calories), my half-hearted attempts of going to the gym and lethargically using the elliptical while watching Oprah weren’t really cutting it. So I got some advice from someone who knew a little bit more about exercise and getting in shape.

And this person made some awful suggestions. He wanted me to do things like…push-ups. I know that as you read this, you’re gasping and shuddering as much as I did when I first heard about it too. But I knew I needed to really exercise, and I knew I didn’t want to, so I had to just suck it up and try it. And it wasn’t all terrible. In fact, I kinda started to like it. I began to see some changes in my body that I really liked and that made up for the unpleasantness of actually doing push-ups and lunges and things like that.

I remember when someone first talked to me about telling other people about Jesus, and I just thought that was going to be so awkward. I knew the Bible said to do it, but surely God wouldn’t have me do something I’m uncomfortable with, right? Wrong. I had to suck it up and just really pray that God would give me a humility and love for other people. And then I had to actually start to talk to people about Jesus. And although it’s still sometimes uncomfortable, it’s become a lot easier and I can see the benefit of it. Someone having a life-changing encounter with Jesus and being able to spend all eternity in heaven with Him is definitely worth my sucking it up and doing something that the natural, fleshly part of me doesn’t want to do.

I can tell you that there are many times when I just want to do what I. want. to. do.
But I can also tell you that the Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things and that our flesh wars against the Spirit. Sometimes we really do just have to practice the art of sucking it up and do what we know, what God has told us, is best.