Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Holding on to the end
We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. - Hebrews 3:7-15
Do you remember the balance game in elementary school PE? Where you had to stand on one foot and see who could stay standing the longest? I think that this was really just a time filler for PE teachers but I liked it because it was one of the few PE activities I could do well at. I had great balance but not very fast reflexes. I HATED dodge ball (I thought Satan invented it to have me hating school - and if the kid slower than me was absent that day and I was the last picked, then Satan's wish came true on certain days). Tennis, basketball, baseball? Not for me. Fun to watch but brutal for the slow of feet.
So when the PE teacher said stand on one leg, I could do that. Even though it was a time filler, it is a great activity for young kids. We all need balance physically, mentally, and spiritually. In order for us to "hold on firmly to the very end" there are a few helpful hints.
1) Focus on one thing. If you are standing on one foot, trying to make an improvement in your life, or starting a new ministry, focus on the one thing that will take you through to the end. It helps block out all the mess around you.
2) Use your strongest foot. I'm right footed. I would never choose to stand on my left foot in a contest if given the choice. Use your strengths and they will always be the best way to persevere.
3) Surround yourself with balanced people. If I stood next to a bunch of people who were really wobbly, I'd loose my footing much sooner than if I were next to other dancers or gymnasts. People who wish to hold strong to the end should generally support each other. It makes things so much easier.
4) Get back up. The one good thing about PE was that even if you didn't win, you'd have a chance to do it again another time. Never give up. If you fall, get back up. Help someone else up along the way or allow someone to help you. Knowing how to fall will help you stand even stronger the next time.
Your heart will go astray at some point but I'm encouraging you today to practice good "balance." It will make all the difference in the end.
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