I love finish lines. I love completing things. I think what I love almost as much as the finish line is that last 100ft immediately before the finish line. There’s nothing quite like that feeling that comes over us when we can see the end in sight. When the end is in sight we often feel a renewed burst of energy. It’s like eating a handful of espresso beans. We pick up our pace and we move forward, intently focused and driven by this overwhelming desire to reach our destination.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could live out our everyday life as if we were 100 feet from the finish line? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could remain that focused and have that level of enthusiasm all the time? But, the truth is, we don’t manage to live this way all the time. We get tired of running. We get tired of the monotony that sometimes comes along with putting one foot in front of the other. We get frustrated that it sometimes feels like the closer we get to the finish line the further away it becomes. And, unfortunately, numerous handfuls of espresso beans won’t solve the problem. If it did, I would have a pantry full of them!
The only thing in life I’ve found that has allowed me to live with this sense of enthusiasm on a more regular basis is my relationship with Christ. How closely I am walking with the Lord determines whether I am living with this 100 feet from the finish line mentality or whether I’m stuck sitting on the side of the road feeling defeated.
When I feel too weak, He gives me His strength. When I am filled with despair, He offers me hope. When I feel as if I have no reason to be joyful, He holds me tight and reminds me of His promises.
He always has a way of reminding me that no matter what my circumstances might be, He is always with us on the journey. And that, I think, is why we always have the ability to live as if we are 100 feet from the finish.
(1 Corinthians 9:26 Message)