When you and I keep our eternal goals in sight, it makes the work getting there a whole lot easier. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Preparation. It goes a long way in keeping a person on track. A number of years ago, my wife and I built a dog run. We had long been concerned for the increasing number of coyotes in the area and, owning two very small dogs, thought that it would be a good thing to fence in an area toward the back of our property where the dogs could freely roam all afternoon without the threat of them wandering off or something else wandering in. The threat is what drove us on to complete the project despite the fact that we had to drive hundreds of poles and string a half a mile of fencing. As long as we kept the image fresh in our mind of the dogs roaming freely and safely, there simply was no way we were going to quit before that last fence post was driven and wire twisted.
On the Fourth of July in 1951, Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, attempted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast. The challenge was not so much the distance, but the bone-chilling waters of the Pacific. To complicate matters, a dense fog lay over the entire area, making it impossible for her to see land. After about 15 hours in the water, and within a half mile of her goal, Chadwick gave up. Later she told a reporter, “Look, I’m not excusing myself. But if I could have seen land, I might have made it.” Not long afterward she attempted the feat again.Once more a misty veil obscured the coastline and she couldn’t see the shore. But this time she made it because she kept reminding herself that land was there. With that confidence she bravely swam on and achieved her goal. In fact, she broke the men’s record by 2 hours! (Our Daily Bread.)
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Timothy 4:6: “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.” Paul had been rotting in a Roman dungeon for a long time and he knew that the end was near when he wrote these words. Yet, there was a job to finish and a young man named Timothy to encourage. What kept him going, enduring through those long, dark days in prison? Paul had a goal in mind. He could see “land”, so to speak. There was no way he was going to give up his faith now that he had come so far. Achieving the goal of eternal life in Christ was at hand and now was the time to turn his face back toward the goal of finishing the race. When you and I keep our eternal goals in sight, it makes the work getting there a whole lot easier. Enduring till the end, is worth while when we are prepared to know what waits for us if only we are willing to run the race. Just keep the land in sight.
We pray. Heavenly Father, as frail human beings we often lose hope in the middle of life’s races and stop running. At the time it seems the right thing to do, but in our hearts we know that finishing the race, no matter the hardship or the pain is what you want us to do. Forgive us Lord when we decide to stop running when the going gets tough. And, most importantly, get us back on our feet and moving again. Remind us of our eternal goal, to reach our home in heaven with you. Then, point us in the right direction and give us a heavenly push. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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