Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Our culture has become enamored with instant results and quick fixes. E-mail, on-line banking, fast food, instant mashed potatoes, hair implants, liposuction, and countless options like them have eroded our capacity for patience and perseverance. So when it comes to spiritual growth, we tend to expect instant transformation rather than viewing our growth in Christ as a long-term—and potentially costly—endeavor.
Yet I've learned an important truth that's been verified time and again by the testimony of Scripture: It's not how you start that's important; it's how you finish.
Finishing well in the Christian life requires purposeful planning and a clear view of reality on your part. It won't happen by accident. On the other hand, expecting instant results and quick fixes will result in disappointment, and ultimately, discouragement.
"The world is moving so fast these days that a man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." - Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.