Run with patience the race that is set before you…” Heb. 12:1
Winston Churchill once said, “The nose of the bulldog is slanted backwards so he can breathe without letting go.” As Christians we need to be known as people of patience and endurance.
Don’t ever worry about how much money, ability or equipment you are starting with. No, no! Just begin with a million dollars worth of determination! Remember; it’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have that makes all the difference.
So many “jump in” and start the “good fight of faith” but forget to add patience. This is why God said, “run with patience”! We need to be like the postage stamp, STICK TO IT UNTIL IT GETS THERE! Glory! Old wise Solomon said, “The person who is diligent (or patient) shall stand before Kings…” (Prov. 22:29)
Listen to this: In the Far East the people plant a tree called the Chinese Bamboo. For the first 4 years they water and fertilize it but see no outward results. Then in the 5th year they again water and fertilize the tree… and in 5 weeks the Bamboo Tree grows ninety feet tall! Now, here’s the question; did the tree grow 90 feet tall in five weeks or five years? The answer is five years. During the first 4 years, if they would have stopped watering the tree, it would have died!
|You keep your dream alive by watering it daily with faith and thanking God for what you have…|
I know there are times in your life when you can’t see any results and you feel like you are stuck in the mud. But remember the Bamboo Tree and keep pressing on. The enemy enjoys playing games with your mind. He tells you nothing is ever going to change and you will never get ahead…
But never forget, through patience and perseverance the snail reached the Ark just like everyone else.
Paul said, “You are in a race… RUN IT WITH PATIENCE!” I was watching the Boston Marathon some time back and I noticed all the runners had one thing in common; they were stripped down for the race. You simply cannot run at your best all weighted down. You must “shake off” the weights.
Sometimes the heaviest weight you carry is other people. Yes, people will weigh you down until you can hardly move. Some wives are trying to carry their husbands, some mothers are trying to carry their children. But, there comes a time in life when you must turn everything and everybody loose and just run your race.
Talking about “patience”, the little lady with the issue of blood had run out of everything but patience. In fact, she had been to many doctors and heard the words over and over again “No use trying, you are dying”. Your patience is what builds your faith. Like this little lady with the issue of blood YOU MUST PRESS BEYOND YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES! When everything and everybody around you says no, something deep within you says “Yes, you can!”
Every morning when you get out of bed, look yourself in the mirror and say, “You can make it!”
|You can’t win it if you don’t run!|
I have found the secret of success is “keeping on” even after others have given up! In the book of Habakkuk 2:3 it promises us, “Your vision (or dream) is for an appointed time. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come.” Remember, God’s time is not always our time.