Sometimes stopping and losing a particular battle is the wisest and superior course of action in order to win the war. But even so, I have never been one who finds it easy to turn back before the present goal is realized. A DNF is not my idea of a good time and never settles well! (DNF = Did Not Finish)
Recently I competed in my third Dirty Kanza bicycle gravel race through the glorious, rugged, and exhausting Flint Hills of Kansas. I’ve ridden in the DK 100 mile race and finished, in the DK 200 mile race and finished, and recently in another DK 200, but I had a DNF. Even though after completing 115 miles I had more than adequate, valid, and even necessary, right, and wise reasons for stopping and not finishing… it has not set well with me.
As I pondered these things I was reminded that in the larger scheme of things, a DNF in a bicycle race is not really that big of a deal in the scope of life, death, and eternity. In comparison to the heartache and tragedy many experience every day, the constant dire threats around the world, and the tragic truth of so many going into eternity without Jesus, these things make a DNF very insignificant.
How’s your spiritual journey going? How are things going with your walk with Jesus? Are you falling more and more in love with Him? Is your faith growing and maturing? Are you pressing on to become more and more who He desires for you to be? Are you moving forward?
Whatever it takes, regardless of the difficulties of your present circumstances, despite how many dire things may be stacking up against you, in spite of the number of setbacks and failures you may experience, and apart from how tired and exhausted you might presently be… press on! Fight the good fight! Don’t give up or give in! If you stumble, stumble forward. If you fall, fall on your knees. Do whatever you gotta do to keep your eyes on Jesus and moving ever closer to Him. Lean hard on Him.
Put to practice these words of the Apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, 26 “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Throw yourself on the grace and mercy of God and cling to Him so you will never experience what we are warned in Matthew 7:21-23, 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Stay the course and then, some glorious day, with a joy deeper and more perfect than you have ever known, you will be able to say what we are told in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Press On & Peace,