21 Mar Start, Stay, Finish Strong
We all start out strong. But somewhere along the road we come across challenges, decisions, roadblocks — various oppositions that makes life difficult. And then we feel incompetent and unsure of what we’re fighting for in the first place. We start to compare ourselves with others only to find out that we’re not as good as we thought we are. And then, very subtly, we shift from living to barely surviving. We leave our ground and let the world define us. We give up.
And yet, despite our failures and insufficiencies, God does not give up on us. He gives us the grace to rise up and the strength to move forward, not because we love Him but because He loves us. He is not intimidated by how far we’ve gone away from His direction. He can takes us from where we are to where we’re supposed to be, simply because He can. (He is the Lord of space and time, remember?). There’s really no point in staying in the past. We can’t change it no matter how hard we try. But there’s a great opportunity for us in the “now.” It’s an opportunity to grab hold of God’s hand, walk with Him, and allow Him to finish what He started in us. It’s an opportunity to have a changed perspective and make wiser decisions. It’s an opportunity to stop surviving and come back to life.
It’s easy to start out strong. But only in Christ can we stay strong and finish strong.