Positive change is a marathon, not a sprint. Be prepared to go the distance.
Hope gets us to the starting line. Hope gives us a glimpse of a better tomorrow, for something new and improved for ourselves and for those we love. Hope is more than a wish. It’s a want that we’re willing to work for.
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18
There are obstacles that must be overcome. Quick starts can fizzle and desire can turn to disappointment. When we hit a wall, Discipline pushes and pulls us through. Life reserves the best things—relationships, health, wealth, legacy, etc.—for those willing to give a lifetime of effort and diligent stewardship.
“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
We don’t have to wait to feel great. Joy is pre-race jitters, a second wind and runner’s high all rolled into one. More than a nice feeling, Joy is an essential empowering ingredient to change. Without infusions of sustaining Joy, Hope can wither and Discipline can become a burden.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
This is how you run your race, with hope discipline and joy (hodijo). This is how you keep your resolution. This is how you change your life.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses...let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
Go the distance. We’re cheering you on.
Photo by Martins Zemlickis