During my NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) camp, we had something called an endurance trek.
The thing took a whole day.
Corpers walked kilometers to and fro.
As a result of special circumstances I rode in the sate coordinators car the whole way because I didn’t want miss out on the experience.
Since we stayed behind the last set or corpers I saw a lot on the way, the part that always shocked me was the fact that some people fainted on the way while some people got to the end of the trek with enough energy to spare for jubilations and fun.
The difference between the two groups was not necessarily energy levels.Some of the people who fainted on the way were more physically fit than some of the people who finished the trek.
At the end of the day during the campfire, I got to listen to those who finished the trek strong and I heard something that came back to mind recently.
The person said,it is called an endurance trek for a reason,it is not necessarily a trek to guage speed, it is a trek to guage stamina.
You don’t expend all your energy at the start of a marathon, which is a more common name for an endurance trek by the way, you pace yourself and travel light.
The result of trying to speed through a marathon were the fainting spells and the related matters I saw during the day.
I was meditating on a very common scripture recently when this came to mind.
Read with me: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,-Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)
Our Christian life is likened to a race-no news there.The one thing we’re usually not told is that the Christian race is a marathon,it is not a sprint.
Sprints are races aimed at guaging speed, therefore they require that you start off at full speed and keep it till the end.
Listen,your walk with God is a marathon,therefore God is not necessarily interested in how fast you go but how strong you get.
Christianity is an endurance trek that requires stamina. Don’t try to sprint through the process. You will burn out on the way.
Pace yourself. Go at your own pace and not at the pace of the crowd.
God is concerned about how you finish,not how you start.
You can only finish at all and finish well when you have the required stamina to finish the race. Building endurance takes time.
Don’t rush the process.
If you’re a Christian you’re in a marathon and not a sprint.
I’m learning all over again to pace myself according to God’space for me and not the pace of those around me.
Who’s with me?