Fencepost of Faith

Jan 2017

C:\Users\b648479\Pictures\images (5).jpgFence Post of Faith Jan. 2017
                                                                                                                                            We’ve all been there. It’s been a long day. School or Work, then the practice pen, then chores and now it’s late. The sun has gone down and you’ve just finished in the barn for the night. Except there’s still that one lingering task. The wheelbarrow you filled today is still sitting by the door. It needs to be emptied. You know it should be emptied, but you are tired, you tell yourself. Plus there’s homework to be done. It can surely wait until the morning.
And it could. It could wait until morning. It could wait until you’ve come to the barn to start the next day’s tasks. Now that you mention it, those record books you’ve been meaning to keep up could wait until next week. The young barrel horse to roping project you’ve working with couldn’t wait until next month. There are so many things that you could push back to a later date, and just think of all the time and energy you’d save right now!
But can they really wait?
Your favorite Time-Event Contestant doesn’t stop a few yards short of the Time line or busser. Winners know the ability to deliver results puts you on the path to success, and delivering results means not leaving work unfinished.
So often we let things go that would only take us a few minutes to complete. We justify it to ourselves in the name of saving time or effort in the short run. Without fail, the time you don’t spend now will have to be made up later and in between you’ll have the nagging feeling of a task left undone. In the long run, when you leave work undone now, you only cost yourself later.
Calf Roper Matt Shiozawa said in the 6 round of the NFR in 2014; “it isn’t over until it’s over”. Matt is on theologian, but he unknowingly expressed one the greatest principles in the Christian life. It matters little to have the lead at the beginning; what matters is how you finish. Victory is won at the finish line, moreover, the Christian life is not an average run, it is a marathon that requires endurance and a lifetime commitment to keep running with the intent of finishing strong. The cliché’, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over” also serves to remind you and me that even if we have fallen far behind in the Christian race there is still time to finish well.
In 1 Cor.10:1-13, the apostle Paul is going to warn us about the dreadful and severe consequences of sin. He is also going to challenge us to avoid sin and persevere in our Christian lives. Paul will argue that there is a very real possibly that many Christians will not finish their Christian lives well. In 9:24-27, Paul shared that he strived to keep himself in check because he didn’t want to end up being disqualified from the prize of God’s approval. What he considered a possibility in his own life he now presents as a sad reality in the lives of God’s people in the Old Testament. Paul gives us a major history lesson, with the express purpose of getting us to learn from the past. Someone has said, “If history teaches us anything, it is that history teaches us nothing.” In other words, those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat its mistakes. In these 13 verses, God is going to say, “it ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”
Take a few more minutes to finish your work tonight. Not only does it help to build discipline and create better habits, but you’ll also feel better knowing that you can start tomorrow with a clean slate and an empty wheelbarrow.






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