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I don’t run with scissors. Actually, let’s be honest, I don’t run (unless it’s an emergency – then you’d better run too!). But if I were to take up running (for any other reason than being late), I’d want to run in a park, on a track, down the street even and not on a treadmill! To me that just means a whole lot of energy expended for no visual progress (unless you include the digital display showing how far you have effectively run on the spot!)

I’d have to say though, that often in life, instead of running or walking down life’s road we can find ourselves stuck on a treadmill, expending just as much effort, but nonetheless going nowhere. We can be stuck in no mans land between the promise and its fulfilment with no sense of progress. A door has closed, but unlike bumbling Agent Maxwell Smart in Get Smart the next door hasn’t opened immediately on exiting the first.

It’s times like these that we need to find within ourselves the strength to keep going. To know that the fulfilment of the promise is ahead of us. It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to quit. But it takes someone of great faith to stay the course.  We need to remember we have victory in our DNA. We have staying power. Through Christ, we are more than conquerors!

Don’t sit around depressed and defeated. Don’t sit down thinking of who wronged you, or what didn’t work out or what you didn’t do right. Don’t give up because the report doesn’t look good, because you tried and failed, because it is taking longer than you thought. Don’t let the setbacks keep you on the treadmill forever! You have a destiny to fulfil. Don’t give up on what God has placed in your heart!

There has to be a relentlessness on the inside of us, a refusal to quit. We need to remember that the best days are still ahead of us! To remember that God has plans to prosper us, plans to give us hope and a future.

So get off that treadmill and take to the road! Keep going, keep pressing forward – you never know what is just round the corner!




sailed on

Had Christopher Columbus not set sail, determined to seek new lands, who knows how long it would have taken for someone else to endeavour to do the same. Who knows how long the lands would have left undiscovered. Yet he did, and it was not plain sailing, there were trials, sickness and storms to endure. And there were days, months with no sight of land. But each day Christopher Columbus pressed on and kept going. The record of those day, those hard days are in his diary simply stated as ‘Today, we sailed on.”

There are moments, days even, when it is hard to believe that it is possible to go on. After giving and giving, after standing and standing, it seems too hard, to much to ask. But these are the days that we need to open our journals and simply write “today, we sailed on.” These are the days that we need to know that to write that is enough. To be able to get to the end of the day, still standing is ok. It is an achievement. True, there may not have been sight of land, but we kept on.

Oceans aren’t crossed in a day. Success isn’t achieved in a day. Take hope – each time you are able to simply say “Today we sailed on” you are one day closer to discovering land. One day closer to that dream.


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