“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1c (NIV)
If I had a religion that could be lost, I would no doubt have lost it yesterday! How? Putting up a new window shade. It was every bit the horrible, frustrating experience I knew it would be. The screws would not go all the way into the window frame. I kept dropping screws and the little thingies that go into the ends of the shade, so I was up and down the ladder, sweating and searching. Grrr! Of course I put the thingies in wrong and had to switch them but not before dropping them behind the table and having to crawl under there to retrieve them. One thought kept coming to mind, though: “I have no choice but to see this through if I want to enjoy the beauty and convenience of having the shade over this window.”
I could have quit in frustration, but that would only prolong getting what I wanted. The same is true for you, my friend. You have dreams and goals that you want so bad, but you know it won’t be easy, so you put it off. None of us is getting any younger. How long will you hedge? It is time to get started. It is time to decide you are going to win. You already know it’s not going to be easy, but so what? You can never finish if you don’t start. The reward will be worth all the trouble you know is coming. Go ahead and make up your mind that you will start and keep going no matter what. You don’t have to have it all together before you start. Do not think about all the other times you started and failed. This time can be different if you decide it will be so. I am so proud of my beautiful window shade. It was worth all the aggravation. You will be proud of yourself when you push through and get your thing done. You know I’m right. Happy starting. Happy hanging-in-there!