I once was a runner, never a fast one, but a get-to-the-finish-line-somehow runner. I hope to run again soon. The getting started was the hard part. Once I got into a groove though, I saw improvements rather quickly. I could run longer, take fewer breaks, and feel better when I was finished. Then it happened.
I got into a rut.
Yup, I spent weeks running the same path, the same amount of time, the same rest breaks..I was no longer making progress, I was simply maintaining the status quo. My endurance had become predictable.
I was in a rut.
But there’s a trick to increasing your endurance. For me, running in neighborhoods and country roads, I could pick a mailbox ahead and press on till I got there. It wasn’t easy. Many days it was problematic. But when I would press on and hit that goal of another mailbox, it would become easier the next day. And so..I was able to increase my endurance.
So, when I found myself in a rut, I would say to myself, “One more mailbox.” And each day I was able to run further than the last day.
I’ll let you make the correlations to anything you want here..but for me, the Christian life is much like this..we start off fast..develop some habits that help us (reading the Bible, prayer, church attendance, small groups) then we get in a rut. We stop growing. We choose the things that are comfortable, easy, and things we KNOW we can do.
We get in a rut.
But we stay in the rut.
And today..whatever it may be for you..go one more mailbox.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4)
What mailbox has been staring you in the face?
Can you choose today to run one more mailbox?
To go one more step..and let your endurance grow?