Chronic Illness · Fortitude · strength

Carrying Our Giants

Determination

(From the movie, Facing Your Giants)

I’ve not seen this movie, but I heard this portion of the movie somewhere quite some time ago. It popped into my mind as I have been thinking about those who have really hard circumstances in their life; circumstances that have no foreseeable end in sight. Circumstances that yell every.single.day. There are so many who don’t have help…yet they plod on unseen and unknown; because they have to. They don’t get to choose a different way. They don’t have the option or luxury of scapegoating to avoid responsibility for the agony of their lives; their life circumstances are just . HARD. And the only way to get through it, is to just keep going…all the way through the pain and the toil. Faithfully.

Strength: We have so much more strength than we know or realize we do.

When I am in a rough patch and a pinch mountain of anxiety threatens to eat my person whole, I think a lot about running from the misery of it…but I don’t have anywhere to go anymore, save the arms of the One who knows the details of all things; and I remind myself over and over and over that He makes all things good. And He will make all my things good, too. And this moment or circumstance is no exception, so long as I lean hard into He who will never drop me.

We don’t know sometimes where we are going or how we are possibly going to get to over there. We are blindfolded and can’t see a thing. We are tired. It hurts. It burns. Knees are bloodied. But one day we’ll open our eyes and realize… Somehow… we made it. And we made it twice as far as we thought we could.

Carry on, warriors; even on your knees. ❤

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Facing the Giants / Video Transcript:

Random Dude 1: Man, that’s not even funny, dude. Oh Yeah.

Random Dude 2: So, Coach, how strong is Westview this year?

Brock: A lot stronger than we are.

Coach: You already written Friday night down as a loss, Brock?

Brock: Well, not if I know we could beat them.

Coach: Come here, Brock. You too, Jeremy.

Brock: What? Am I in trouble now?

Coach: Not yet. I wanna see you do the death crawl again except I wanna see your absolute best.

Brock: What? You want me to go to the 30?

Coach: I think you can go to 50.

Brock: The 50? I can go to 50 if nobody’s on my back.

Coach: I think you can do it with Jeremy on your back, but even if you can’t I want you to promise me that you’re gonna do your best.

Brock: All right.

Coach: Your best.

Brock: OK.

Coach: You’re gonna give me your best?

Brock: I’m gonna give you my best.

Coach: All right, one more thing. I want you to do it blindfolded.

Brock: Why?

Coach: I don’t want you giving up at a certain point when you can go further. Get down. Jeremy, get on his back. Now, get a good tight hold, Jeremy. All right. Let’s go Brock. Keep your knees off the ground. Use your hands and feet. There you go. A little bit left. A little bit left. There you go. Show me good effort. Ataway, Brock. You keep coming. There you go.

Coach: It’s a good start. Little bit left. Little bit left. There you go, Brock. Good strength. That’s it, Brock. That’s it.

Brock: Am I at the 20 yet?

Coach: Forget the 20. You give me your best. You keep going. That’s it. Don’t stop Brock. You got more in you than that.

Brock: I ain’t done. Just resting a second.

Coach: You gotta keep moving. Let’s keep moving. Let’s go. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. There you go. Keep moving. Keep moving. Keep moving Brock. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Your very best. Your very best. YOUR VERY BEST. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. Don’t quit on me. Keep going. Keep driving it. Keep your knees off the ground. That’s it. Your very best. Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go. That’s it. You keep driving. Keep your knees off the ground. Keep driving it. Don’t quit till you got nothing left. Keep moving, Brock. That’s it. That’s it. That’s it. Keep going. I want everything you got. Come on, keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: Don’t quit on me. Your very best. Keep driving. Keep driving. There you go. There you go.

Brock: He’s heavy.

Coach: I know.

Brock: I’m about out of strength.

Coach: Then you negotiate with your mind to find more strength, but don’t you give up on me, Brock. You keep going, you hear me? You keep going. You’re doing good. You keep going. Do not quit on me. You keep going.

Brock: It hurts.

Coach: I know it hurts. You keep going. It’s not hard from here. 30 more steps. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Keep going.

Brock: It burns.

Coach: Then let it burn.

Brock: My arms are burning.

Coach: It’s all heart. You keep going, Brock. Come on. Come on. Keep going. You promised me your best. Your best. Don’t stop. Keep going.

Brock: It’s too hard.

Coach: It’s not too hard. You keep going. Come on, Brock.Give me more. Give me more. Keep going. 20 more steps. 20 MORE. Keep going, Brock. Give me your best. Don’t quit. No. Keep going. Keep going. Keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Brock Kelley, you don’t quit. Keep going. Keep going. Go, Brock Kelley. You don’t quit on me. No, you keep going. You keep going. Go, Brock. 10 more steps. 10 more. 10 more. 10 more. Keep going. Don’t quit. Give me your heart.

Brock: I can’t do it.

Coach: You can. You can. Five more. Five more. Come on, Brock. Come on. Don’t quit. Don’t quit. Come on Brock. Two more. One more.

Brock : That’s gotta be 50. That’s gotta be 50. I don’t have any more.

Coach: Look up, Brock. You’re in the end zone. Brock, you are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they. Now tell me you can’t give me more than what I’ve been seeing. You just carried a 140-pound man across this whole field on your arms. Brock, I need you. God’s gifted you with the ability of leadership. Don’t waste it.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: Can I count on you?

Brock: Yes.

Jeremy: Coach.

Coach: What is it, Jeremy?

Jeremy: I weigh 160.

Random Coach: All right. Who’s next?

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