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Run 'Til We Finish

Run 'Til We Finish

“I can guarantee that you’re going to fail if you quit.”

I heard this line during a sermon recently, and it struck a chord with me.  I know it seems simple, almost too simple. However, just think about it.

When we are faced with a difficulty, a hard task, an obstacle, a trial – you name it – we often look at those things as reasons why we won’t succeed. Excuses for failure. Yet, there’s something about sheer determination and an inner confidence coming from the understanding that you belong to One who finds nothing difficult or hard.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

There is often one main thing that stands in the way of our success, and rarely is it a circumstance or situation. But rather, it is us. I stand in the way of my success, and you stand in the way of your success, because we have a tendency to simply give up.

Friends, quitting is a guaranteed recipe for failure.

Nine days ago, I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S.B.A. in Management and a Not-for-Profit Administration Certificate. Three days ago, I graduated from Apostolic College of Biblical Studies with a Biblical Basics and Leadership Development degree. The last four years of my life have, at times, been absolutely grueling. Without going into details, there are so many reasons I could have thrown in the towel and given up.

But praise be to God that He gave me a stubborn little mind. 😊

Beyond temporary, earthly goals like graduating from college, getting married, saving money for a dream vacation, or remodeling your home, I believe we are all striving for a far more worthwhile goal – heaven. I don’t know about anyone else, but with all the craziness of our world, there are times when my desire to go to heaven is overwhelming. And then, there are times when life throws its worst, and we can start to feel like we are never going to make it. But guess what? There are SO MANY reasons for you to keep going!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

As we run this great race to heaven, we must keep our focus on the goal. While our short-term concerns may be about feeding our children, or finding the perfect outfit for an upcoming conference, or saving money for a new vehicle, we cannot forget why we are really here. It’s not about today or tomorrow on this earth, but it’s about an eternity in heaven.

So, save your money, and feed your family, and dress like a beautiful, godly lady no matter where you go. But don’t forget that your relationship with Jesus is what is going to help you make it all the way to glory.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow… Matthew 6:31-34 (NIV)

Ciao for now,