If you’ve been reading my posts you might think you see a reoccurring theme of – perseverance, persistence, “stick-to-it-ness”, endurance, and steadfastness.
And you would be right.
I often write about what I struggle with. This particular struggle goes all the way back to my childhood (where most of our problems or struggles originate).
Does anyone remember the President’s Physical Fitness Award we could earned school? Or should I say some earned.
It consisted of a series of physical strength and endurance tests to determine if you were physically fit.
This frizzy-hair, braces-clad middle-schooler did a great job on the strength part of the test. I out did everyone in sit-ups and chin-ups. I could jump higher than all the boys in my class and I passed them easily in the 50 yard dash.
But when it came to the 600 yard run there was no question concerning my endurance level. I was like a fast burning candle with a short wick. I burned fast and burned out.
The other classmates I breezed by in the other tests seemed to have longer wicks. They burned slow and could go and go. I watched them plod past me in the 600 while I was leaning over, hands on my knees gasping for air!
When I apply this lesson to my life today I can see that I don’t just want physical strength but spiritual strength as well.
In Hebrews 12:1 God reminds us that whatever race we run we are to run it with endurance.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to the finish line as long as we get there.
If I am:
1. Filled up with prayer-
2. Have a strategy mapped out to get me where I’m headed-
3. Bite off my race in smaller chunks-
I’m less likely to give in when I want to give up.
What about you?
I have to admit I was disappointed all those years I didn’t receive the President’s Physical Fitness Award. But today I’d rather have the award that reads, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Looking forward. Pressing on. And always joying in the journey.