"Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith (giving the first incentive for our belief) and is also its Finisher (bringing it to maturity and perfection)."
Are you in the middle of a personal project that is just taking forever to get there? We are a society of lightening fast endings. Everything needs to happen tomorrow, and today is an obstacle sitting in the way. Sometimes our initiatives begin out of no where, so unexpected. And before you know it, the finish line is unfolding before our eyes.
Then there are other times we begin a personal endeavor and, well, we are weeks, months, years into making it a reality; and it's still slowly crawling along. For me it's debt. Ever since last summer things have been piling up. Bills that is. I went on a trip that was supposed to be paid for from my income tax return. But a month into my trip, I was sent audit criteria. Upon my return, I found out there was nothing that was GOING TO BE RETURNED. Then the transmission on the car needed replacement. From there it was all down hill, a new dryer, a portable air conditioner in the back room, and then just last week the main house air conditioner failed.
All last year I was on the descent paying bills them off, then out of no where, an ascent began to ensue; and I am not where I expected to be financially. My initial debt consolidation showed me coming out of the hole before June. But, with all the unexpected household needs, I am still down in that hole with the possibility of reaching fresh air next summer. That's a long way off!
Everything we undertake in life has a beginning and an end. Typically we are excited as we begin a new proposition to make our live's better. We're also happy when we cross the finish line of this achievement. But, sometimes, between the beginning and the end, progress can slow to a crawl. And, unfortunately, it is this middle where we face our greatest challenges, hurdles, roadblocks, obstacles, detours, and tests.
You may be in that middle like me right now. Maybe you are trying to pay off all those charges you incurred that were unexpected. Maybe you're feeling a little defeated because your progress has slowed to all but a halt. Or, maybe you're finishing a major project or paper that has been giving you some issues. You could be training for a marathon or other competition that is just wearing you down. Maybe you are trying to adopt a child, begin a new job, and you just keep getting hit with roadblocks.
What ever mayhem you find yourself in right now, determine at this moment to see it through to that checkered flag.
Between our beginning and our endings we must develop the boldness and determination necessary to overcome the overwhelming circumstances we encounter in the middle. The enemy wants us to setter for less than God's best for our lives and to stop short of receiving and enjoying everything God has for us. The devil halts progress and pushes us to give up on ourselves and God. God, on the other hand, wants the very best for us. He wants us to finish the race, and even though we can't see it all the time, gives us the tools to do so. He wants us to finish all those races set before us and finish them with joy (Heb. 12:1-2). Don't give up! You're almost there!
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "keep plugging along."
Help me to realize that giving up is not the answer.
Teach me to trust to keep pushing onward even when I feel defeat.
Remind me that everything will fall into place.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always