During my daily bible reading this morning I ran across this simple truth that “smacked” me right between the eyes of my heart! Often times we begin well, we get off to a great start, and many times we successfully navigate that thing we begin into something great, and other times we just have a “quick shot” or burst of excitement, like drinking Red Bull; and then we simply FADE…Fade…fade away! The catalyst for that “fading” or “detour” or for lack of a better description, not finishing well, can be a host of many things. However, it is likely a result of lack of support from an outside force. For some that outside force may not even simply not support you but it may hinder you and work against you.
In motocross (I like to use this because Garrett and I have spent so much time in this arena), there is a 40 man gate. All 40 bikes are lined up beside one another, when the 30 second card goes sideways, there is a 1-8 second time in which that card will drop. When it does, the gate drops and all 40 bikes take off at break neck speed into a first turn. What is unique about this first turn is that it is usually less than 90 degrees (so it is very sharp) and as the bikes approach the turn the track will generally narrow up to less than half the width of its starting point. So 40 bikes are funneled into the narrow turn…not all will make it through the turn as you can imagine. It is said that those who make it through the first turn effectively, finish well. If they start good they finish good! But if they back off and let others go ahead through the turn first, they risk the chance of a huge disastrous wreck (almost always in first turn) or at the very least the opportunity to finish well.
What about your walk with Jesus? What about anything else in life that you start? Listen…
You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Gal 5:7 ESV
This is a question we must ask ourselves! We generally don’t “fade” away on our own. Who is it or what is it, that has caught your attention, distracted you, or even worse, discouraged you from continuing the “run” that you started and were doing so well at? I think it is vitally important for us to protect our starts! If we run well, we need to always be guarded to those things that will hinder that. IDENTIFY THEM and then RUN AWAY, if you simply aren’t strong enough to confront them. What ever we do, we must stay focused! No matter what we start, I of course am speaking in the context of Jesus, but life as well, stay focused! Finish well because you started well. Below is the remainder of that thought in the Message Version…
Gal 5:8-10 MSG
8 This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place.
9 And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.
10 Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.
This is where we will loose it, if we aren’t careful! We think it is insignificant, a one time event, a one time occurrence, then it is two, then it is three, and then you are done.
What are some things that distract you from your walk with Jesus?
What are some things that distract you in whatever you have begun?
How can you start well and finish well? What needs to change to make this happen? How can we help you stay on task?