We start strong. As the gun goes off, our legs push and our lungs have capacity. We are full of energy and passion and we run hard.
Then we hit mile 2. Or mile 5. Or mile 50.
At some point on a worthwhile journey, the newness wears off. The excitement peters out.
It happens to us all. We hit a point where it feels like walking through mud or pushing a rock up a hill. William Wallace probably got bored at some point as he sharpened his sword and tended to camp and waited on people. It is unavoidable.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 6:10
I don't take this verse to say if we rest we will become homeless. I think the heart behind this verse has to do with the grind.
Newton's law states an object in motion tends to stay in motion, unless an external force interferes and slows that object down. An object at rest tends to stay at rest.
A marathoner knows the importance of pushing forward even if their pace slows. It is better to jog than sprint until you throw up.
In pursuing the work that God has set before us, we will have to grind sometimes. If we are doing eternally significant work, we should not be surprised when it starts to feel like a grind.
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