The Faith To Follow Through

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” But in order to finish this journey, the next steps are vital. And maybe, as the second half of the year unfolds before us you might be either tired to push through or unmotivated to continue to finish a task or goal.
How do can we follow through the things we started this year?
1. Throw off the unnecessary
     Remove the things that don’t add or contribute to what you want to achieve. While watching a show can be something that you do to relax, binge-watching may not be as helpful as you might want it to be. We all have 24 hours in a day, but we sometimes think we don’t have enough time. Maybe the problem isn’t the lack of time but the lack of discipline in managing it well. Also, it’s important to turn away from the sins that slow down and interrupts with what God is telling us.
2. Focus and refocus on Jesus
     Now that the average attention span of a human is shorter than that of a goldfish, it is important to fix our gaze on Jesus before something distracts us. When it comes to focusing, we have to do it regularly, if not, you might be running towards the finish line and be detoured because you lose sight of your line. And you might ask, why Jesus? Because our end goal is to be like Him and who else to look except Jesus, Himself, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
3. Run with perseverance today
     Perseverance means “to persist in spite of opposition or discouragement.” It means to continue even if you don’t feel like doing so, to come even if it’s raining so hard, and to wake up each morning and tell yourself, “I’ll keep running no matter what happens until I finish this race because I know God’s grace is enough for me.”
How pleasant it is to start to a journey but to follow through that decision is vital to finish our race. At this moment, let’s asses where we are on our goals and align ourselves once again to the will of God. If we’re losing hope or motivation to continue, let our hearts remember that our God is faithful from the beginning, middle, and until the end. Keep the faith to follow through.