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Mo Farah, mo’ Holy

Mo Farah, mo’ Holy

Ever heard Christianity described as a race? It’s much less of a Usain Bolt, and more of a Mo Farah.

Don’t get us wrong, Bolt’s pretty fun to watch. His sprint is one of the greatest shows on the planet. Ask him to keep that speed up for 26.2 miles though, and he’d be all inhalers and ambulances (no offense).

It’s impossible to sprint a marathon.

Trouble is, so many of us are impressed by the sprinters in church. It’s good to be ‘on fire’ for God (In fact, it’s pretty brilliant. Kind of what we’re aiming for). But without those steady, do-it-even-when-you-don’t-feel-like-it devoted times to let God take the lead, it’s too easy to burn out. There’s nothing wrong with stepping out for God. But Jesus set an example of making time for the ‘upward’ God time as well as the ‘outward’ service.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

King Saul ran like a sprinter. He got out of the blocks well enough but he compromised and ran without God. King David on the other hand, ran marathon style – he waits fifteen years to be crowned King. A lesser athlete would’ve given up years before. Despite David’s shortcomings (a whole bunch of them), the marathon approach meant that as long as he was heading towards the finish line, there was time to get up again.

What Now?

Ask yourself: do you need to do more long term-planning than just the week or month ahead? This is a short question that might need lots of pagmumuni-muni.

‘…When he died…his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone’ Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

July 21st, 2014

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