“Slow and Steady Wins the Race”

A certain businessman who was well known for cruelty and ruthlessness once told Mark Twain about a goal he wanted to accomplish before he died.  He said, “Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  I will climb Mount Sinai and read the 10 Commandments aloud at the top.”  Mark Twain said in return, “I have a better idea, you could stay in Boston and keep them.”

Many people in this world, intentionally or unintentionally, live by the saying, “Go big or go home.”  Like the businessman, this is also applied to spiritual things.  Maybe the business man wanted to make up for many of his failings by doing this, or maybe he just wanted to do something people would see as spiritually iconic.  Whatever the reason, all of this points to the fact that people tend to think the “big” things make them more spiritual.  We plan extensive mission trips, conduct major spiritual events, and spend weeks at a time for intense spiritual training and growth (i.e. church camp).  Don’t get me wrong, every single one of these items is fantastic and needed.  They always help renew the spiritual fire within us.  The problem is, many people’s spiritual lives are only comprised of these “big things.”  There is no filler, no consistency, and no “little things.”

As the popular Scripture Hebrews 12:1 states, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Our spiritual life is a race, and it’s an endurance one at that.  It is not all about the quick, huge spiritual boosts and world outreach events.  The spiritual race is all about consistency and each little step.  Little things like Bible reading, prayer, going to worship, and hanging around Christian people are ways we stay on the right path and keep towards the goal in a “little,” yet vital, ways.

Even though most bear the mindset, “Go big or go home,” the Bible has the mindset of “Slow and stead wins the race.”  Which saying is most like your spiritual life right now?


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