Day 16 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer
One of the most popular marathon's ever run in the world is the Boston Marathon. Within this famous marathon is an even more famous stretch of road that has been so very properly named "Heartbreak Hill." Heartbreak hill is the very place where many runners want to give up. Some runners not only anticipate the the hill, they even anticipate giving up. An interesting thing is; many runners define the mighty hill and its difficultly based on the distance they have already run and the challenge of enduring the uphill climb.
It is important to note, the Boston Marathon is 26 miles in total and Heartbreak Hill is located at mile 20. Which means once runners approach the hill, they are significantly close to the goal they set out to reach. Normally the focus is the pain, the sacrifice, how far I have run already among other things. What gets lost in all of that is the discipline that has been created. The limits that have been pushed. The new levels that have been reached. Most of all, what ultimately is lost is the how close the milestone is.
One of my favorite scriptures is Galatians chapter six verse nine where Paul addresses a very natural feeling. He gives us this very important principle when he says
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
As we near the 21 day mark, we have reached our heartbreak hill. If anyone is like me you have thought to yourself "I have come far enough" or "I can't do this any more." I want to remind you, not of how far you have come, but just how close your goal is. In just 7 days you would have taught yourself an important discipline. In just seven days you can be able to say, "I trained myself to not give in to certain cravings." In only seven days you will be able to say what Paul said in 1 Corinthians Chapter nine verse 27
"I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."
Sure, we are only saying no to certain foods when the craving hits. I will promise you this; after spending this time telling your flesh NO to meat, you will be able to tell your flesh NO when the enemy wants you to get frustrated and respond out of anger. We may have been only telling our bodies NO to coffee, but I guarantee you will be ale to tell your body NO when other temptations arise.
One of my favorite competitors has a very important quote that speaks to this. He always says "I didn't come this far to ONLY come this far." We are not fasting just to get to day 21, we are fasting for the life we are to live from day 22 and forward. So as we get closer to this final climb; dig your heels in, take a deep breath, pump your fist, look at that mountain and lets finish this race strong and together! Don't give up, Your harvest of blessing is so close. You are making the Father proud.
LETS GO! YOU GOT THIS! YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS!
on Monday, January 21 at 8:03AM