Just one more mile...

I’ve been walking 5 miles every morning in preparation for our summer vacation and swimsuit season!  So, the other morning I was on my last lap and suddenly the wind really kicked up a notch.  I was struggling to get that last lap in...the force of the wind was quite an effort for me to walk in.  I seriously almost gave up, but I reminded myself I have a goal and I can’t quit.  So, I kept pushing through, even though I felt like I was walking into a brick wall.  I could see my car up ahead and I thought, “If I can just make it to my car, then I’m done!”  I was so close, I couldn’t quit, but I really, really wanted to.  Suddenly a great calm came and the wind was gone!  Just like that, it was gone.  All the effort, all the struggle, all the panting to push through was gone!  I was able to finish my 5 miles!

It just reminded me of our day to day faith walk.  At times we are just living life and everything is going just fine, then suddenly a huge obstacle comes out of nowhere (lose a job, car breaks down, a deal falls through, a fight with your spouse) and suddenly you feel like you are standing in front of that brick wall.  You are at a stand still, no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to be working and you want to just give up and quit!

But you CAN’T!  I say this often to myself, “quitting is not an option!”  I used to be a quitter.  When things got hard and the challenge became too great, I would surrender to the feeling of giving up and usually quit.  But I don’t live like that anymore.  Yes, I have challenges and struggles that come up, but I REFUSE to quit now.  

The Apostle Paul said in II Timothy 4:7, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  This has to become our goal with every challenge that comes our way...fight the good fight, finish our race, and keep the faith!  I don’t see the word quitting in any of that.  We have to run hard to the finish line!  There is great victory on the other side...push through and never give up!