My personal motivation to you
Some say it's not about how fast you finish the race; it's about finishing honestly and humbly. "Slow and steady wins the race." You know the story of how the stuck up hare made a bad choice and ended up losing the race to the tortoise, but life is not always the same. Yes, life can be seen as a race. Is it always about going slow and steady? I don't believe so. Let me explain myself.
Never underestimate yourself! You do it all the time. You tell yourself it's easier to take things slow or to not do something at all when you have full capability to easily do something. It's easier to just take baby steps then to take the big steps. Everything you do should be to the best of your ability. Our flesh is lazy and easily pleased. Telling yourself you can do it later is always easier than working hard now. It's easier to push something off; it's easier to push the finish line off for another day. Make your stride longer. Put a little hop in your step. Work hard to the end.
Your stride is like your work ethic. It's basically like how hard you really try to do something. Ever get an easy job and do it half heartedly? I think we can all relate. Let me give you an example.
I'm still in high-school, so a part time job at Dollar General sounded good to me. It's super easy! I stock shelves, work as a cashier, and walk around making sure labels face the right direction. Sounds like the easiest job ever, right? It also makes it very easy to not work hard at it. Slacking is not hard to do during my job. Even simple things like taking my time checking someone's items out, not acknowledging or saying "Hello" to customers, or even just walking around instead of turning labels. I mean, I'm still getting paid so what's the big deal right? WRONG!
Just because no one notices, doesn't make it right. God is always watching. If I'm really living my life to please Him, I shouldn't be giving Him half of me; That's pretty selfish. He's given me a life to live and a chance to live it for Him and I'm going to choose to live it my way, at my pace, and depending on my mood? What kind of commitment of giving my life over to God is that? That's like me saying, "Here, God, you can have my life, but I'm going to live it my way."
Colossians 3: 23 says, "And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
It may be a simple verse, but it is convicting to my life. Every single thing I do should be worked hard at for God? Sounds like a lot of effort. God never promised the easy life. Am I really sold out to God? I have to take a step forward in what I believe.
So extend your strive towards your mark. Set a goal in front of you, not out of reach, but far enough to make you stretch. God didn't create you to take life easy; He created you to live out your purpose. Don't wait for Him to move, but walk in the direction he guides. God can't use you if you don't move or only take a few steps at a time. Take the leap of faith, knowing God is going to lead the way. How long is your stride?
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am only 18, but I've decided to start to write. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.