What are the "these things?" The are the hard circumstances in my life; the hurts, the injuries that touch my pride. All the events under the category of "how could they treat me like that?" Or "That isn't right/fair." The times when my flesh wants to jump up and defend itself is a situation that tempts me to be moved. However, if I'm to finish my course with joy, then this will not move me. No, it won't move me to react, defend, get bitter, quit or lash back.
I must stay steady. Resting. Trusting an almighty, sovereign God to take care of the person or the trial that He has allowed to sear my heart in two. His Son was not moved when He was mistreated. He kept His eyes on His mission - the cross. How thankful I am that He wasn't moved to quit His purpose.
My hurting heart says, "Yes, Lord. I'll stay on course, too, that I may finish what you've called me here to do. And I'll finish with joy. Joy because this makes me more like You. It reveals your glory when I respond to this hard thing with joy.
I will choose not to be
Instead, draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.
Do you need to stop and ask the Lord to help you not to be moved by the "these things" in your life? He will help you. You, too, can finish instead with joy!