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Strength To Go The Extra Mile

We’ve all heard the voice of an impatient little one on a long distance car ride calling out with a deep sigh… Are we there yet?

Going the extra mile is never easy and perseverance is challenging no matter how old we are.

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 

God doesn’t guarantee us an easy road or short cuts; however He does promise to renew our strength and gives us the ability to press on as we find our hope in Him.  The “extra mile” moments in life are typically the space between our personal limitations and the super natural ability that God provides.

How do you go the extra mile?

I was talking with my family about this topic – Here are some of the answers that they gave when I asked them, “What gives you the strength to go extra mile in your life?”

  • Faith – Believe God will get you through
  • Prepare – Preparation in the small things gives you strength for the big things
  • Prayer – Talk to God
  • Never-ever give up {period}

Sometimes going that extra mile is a call of ministry to others through the love of Christ.

“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”  ~ Matthew 5:41 

How do you go the extra mile for someone else?

Here’s what my family had to say about that:

  • Obedience – God will always give us the strength we need to do what He has called us to do.
  • Compassion – personally invest in the lives of others with love
  • Prayer – Talk to God

I think we came up with a pretty good list…  How about you what gives you strength to go the “extra mile”?


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20 responses to “Strength To Go The Extra Mile”

  1. Wow, sometimes for me it’s hard to go that extra mile. I have to say sometimes I give up, I give in. And where I’m there giving up, God is telling me I need a little more of you right now… I need you to go an extra mile, as you say in this post. I’m impatient! I recognize it! Thanks for sharing this post and encouraging me to go the “extra mile” with Him. I’m linking up too, at #RaRalinkup! Blessings!

    W/Love,
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  2. Hello Danise,

    I love your list. How great to involve your family, and get them thinking about how to persevere in the midst of a difficult situation.

    I have two ideas of things that have worked for me…
    1. Seeking godly counsel – we are not meant to walk this journey of the Christian life alone – seek advice and support when you need it.
    2. Ask others to pray specifically for you (I know you said pray ‘talk to God’, but to add to that, there is something so powerful when two or three pray in agreement for the same need. Takes a degree of humility to ask, but has been such a blessing.

    Congrats on your upcoming book release. That is so exciting!
    Many blessings dear one,
    Kamea

  3. Taking myself out of the equation…trying to include myself in the solution by asking, “What do I get out of this?” only complicates the problem…that’s why algebra was invented. Sometimes we overcomplicate things when all we need is a simple math equation. Becoming less self-focused and more other-focused helps me to go that extra mile, but when I’m already weary from walking, that extra mile can seem to take so much out of me.

  4. Beautiful encouragement Danise! My favorite scripture, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31 Obedience. Compassion. Prayer. Yep!

    Blessings,
    Lisa Murray

  5. I just read this Isaiah verse in my Bible this morning, Danise!

    Remembering that this world isn’t about us, but is all about Him gives me the drive to go the extra mile when I am weary.

    Thanks for the reminder and for hosting the giveaway. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing!

  6. What gives me the “strength to go the extra mile?”
    – encouragement from family and friends
    – asking for God’s help
    – believing in myself

  7. The Extra Mile — I have never thought about getting through the tough stuff of life as going the extra mile but it is a perfect picture. To get through and make it, I believe…not believe in, but believe God is Who He says He is, and does what He says He will do. I try to stay close and in His arms. I don’t want to miss those important words He has for me.
    Glad you were a near-neighbor at Jennifer’s.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  8. What gives me strength to go the extra mile is a personal relationship with Jesus through worship and the Word.

  9. My strength comes from my faith in God and from the people around me who remind me it’s worth it and who encourage me.

  10. I love the list your family came up with (and I love that they helped you with the list). One thing that I would add to your list is Sabbath rest. Without rest, I have no energy to go the regular mile, much less an extra one ;).

  11. The EXTRA mile?! Awww, I thought I had gone far enough already…that thought hits more often than I want to admit. Yet, I’m called out. For more.

    Thank you Danise. Loved you pulling your family together to address what this means to them! Susan

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