I like to work out on the elliptical machine. For some reason whenever I get on it, I feel the need to pedal fast as if I’ll reach my goal faster by doing so. During the course of the session, I check my heart rate and sometimes find that I’m above my target range. At that point I have to purposely slow my pace and remain steady which oftentimes seems harder and slow to me. As I stood there wondering why that is I was reminded of the old tortoise and hare story. While the hare ran quickly and eventually slowed down and took a nap, the tortoise continued at a steady pace, passed the napping hare, and ended up winning the race. The lesson in it all: the race is not always given to the swift but to the one who endures to the end. At the beginning of the workout, I set my time on the machine. Going faster simply would have wore me out. This is how it is in life. God is not so concerned about having us accomplish our purpose as quickly as possible. Trying to rush and make things happen can quickly burn us out and lead to leaving the job undone. While it’s great to start the race, God desires that we finish it. If you’ve left some things God has called you to do undone, don’t get discouraged. Pick up where you left off and God will give you the grace to finish it.
“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36 NLT)
Prayer: Father, I thank you for your grace to endure until the end. Forgive me for any time that I’ve given up before completing what You instructed me to do. Give me strength, endurance, and patience to see things through to the end. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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