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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Suck It Up

Suck it up: Some definitions from Urban Dictionary:

1. To endure a period of mental, physical, or emotional hardship with no complaining.
(I don't care if you're sad, get out there, suck it up and deal with it!)

2. To cope with something unpleasant without complaining--usually because you have no choice.

3. Quit whining, suck it up and drive on.  Military slang meaning to just deal with it and quit complaining.
(Suck it up private we have 10 more miles to go!)

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I think there is something remarkably Christian about being able to suck it up.  Jesus set a good example.  He received flack and criticism, even crucifixion, but he sucked it up and endured hardship.  He complained remarkably little about his own circumstances.  He was a redeemer, not a whiner.  He showed strength (and lifted us up) rather than weakness (pulling us down).  Jesus brought encouragement—he revealed God’s love.  He sent the Holy Spirit as advocate and comforter.

The problem with being a chronic whiner is that it is remarkably ineffective.  It tends not only to weaken and discourage the whiner; it at the same time drives others away.  Jesus revealed “admirable patience and endurance shown in the face of adversity.”  In this sense he shared some qualities with the Stoics (quotation from definition of Stoicism, Encarta Dictionary).  But his relation with God made him anything but impassive.  He sought not only to accept, but to overcome—to realize heaven on earth (thy kingdom come; thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven).  Whiners see themselves as weak and victimized.  They constantly seek to place blame rather than accept responsibility.  To suck it up means that one makes do with what one has, and stops always wanting more.  We can all imagine better, even ideal circumstances and think we deserve them, can’t live without them.  The phrase “sucking it up” means that we accept current realities as given, at least for a time.  We decide to make peace with them and live with them until faith, effort, time, and fate bring changes.  The irony is that even possibilities inherent in current realities cannot be seen so long as victimization is one’s perceptual attitude.  Getting out of the whining mode allows one to see possibilities otherwise hidden.  So “suck it up” is good, even freeing advice.

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