Ever heard Christianity described as a race? It's much less of a sprint, and more of a marathon.
Think of Usain Bolt. His sprint is spectacular. But ask him to keep that speed up for 42 km, though, and he'd be all inhaler and ambulance. It's impossible to sprint a marathon. Trouble is, so many of us are impressed by the sprinters in church. It's good to be 'on fire' for God (in fact, it's not only pretty brilliant but what we're aiming for). But without those steady, do-it-even-when-you-don't-feel-like-it times of devotion where we let God take the lead, it's too easy to burn out. There's nothing wrong with stepping out for God. But Jesus set an example of clocking in regularly for the 'upward' God time as well as the 'outward' service.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. King Saul ran like a sprinter. He got out of the blocks well enough but he compromised and ran without God. King David, on the other hand, ran marathon style - he waited fifteen years to be crowned King. A lesser athlete would've given up years before. Despite his shortcomings (a heap of them), the marathon approach meant that, as long as he was heading towards the finish line, there was time to get up again.
So what now? Ask yourself: do you need to think longer ahead in life than the day or week ahead of you? This is a simple question but it might need lots of mulling-over time.
Soulfood : Dan 11-12, Luke 4:31-44, Ps 89:38-52, Prov 3:1-2