'I press on towards the goal to win the prize...' Philippians 3:14 NIV
Here's a little history lesson: in 1863, work began on the building of the First Transcontinental Railroad, a much-needed 3,000km link between Nebraska and San Francisco. When building started someone suggested a ceremony be held to commemorate the occasion, but one of the biggest backers of the railroad put an end to those plans, saying, 'Anybody can drive the first spike, but there are months of labour and unrest between the first and last spike.' He didn't want to draw attention to the start and knew the finishing of the railroad was of far more significance. The railroad was completed in 1869 with a 'Last Spike' ceremony, using a golden spike, and a telegram informing the President.Starting something new can be difficult; but finishing is usually more difficult! How many people have a half- written book in their drawer or a half-decorated room in their house. How many people have started to learn an instrument or a language or bought expensive running shoes determined to get fit? Every day thousands of people start new things but never even see the end in sight.Paul was thinking ahead to the last spike, and said 'I press on toward the goal to win the prize...' (Philippians 3:14 NIV).So what now? Instead of starting something you have no intention of finishing, how about asking God what he wants you to do, and do it with all your might? He'll help you finish and drive in the 'last spike'.
Soulfood: 1 Sam 1-3, Matt 21:33-46, Ps 59:9-17, Prov 16:23-26