“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.” (Hebrews 12:1)
The story is told of a traveler who met a guru along the road and asked him, “Where’s the road to success?” The bearded sage didn’t speak but instead pointed to a place off in the far distance. The man, thrilled at the prospect of quick and easy success, rushed off in the appropriate direction. Splat! Down he went! He limped back, bruised and stunned. Assuming he must have misinterpreted the message, he repeated his question, and again the philosopher pointed silently in the same direction. So the traveler took off once more. This time the splat was deafening. Crawling back bloody, broken, and irate, he shouted at the guru, “I asked you which way is success! I followed the direction you indicated, and all I got was splattered! No more pointing — talk!” Only then did the sage speak. “Success is that way. It’s just a little beyond the splat.”
The fact is, all of us have experienced “the splat”. There’s no way to avoid it. But it’s what we do after the splat that makes all the difference. And perseverance always wins.
The Bible says: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Champion racer Rick Mears is attributed with saying: “To finish first, you must first finish.” So if you’ve fallen, get up again and keep going. American educator Hamilton Holt said: “Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.”
So the word for today is — keep persevering and you’ll win.
Heavenly Father, help me persevere and thank you for picking me up when I “splat”. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.