“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
I don’t know about you, but I tend to do better with the beginning of a project than the middle. At the start, my excitement is fueled by a new vision, whether to write a piece or clean my closet. I can see the finished product, and dive in.
Flash forward a couple of weeks or months, though, and you’ll probably see a quite different mood. Excitement has been replaced with boredom, or frustration. Why is this taking so long? Why am I not further along? And then the dangerous question, Should I just let this go and move on to something else?
It’s normal to have some “project fatigue” during the process. But if I’m being honest, I have to admit that sometimes I can let laziness set in. When I don’t get a quick result, I stop trying quite so hard. Instead of using my frustration to propel me forward, I’ve often let it sink me.
I think the writer of Hebrews understood this weakness in me, and maybe in you, too. But he was encouraging us about the most important project of all – living out a life of faith.
The times I’ve persevered and reached my little goals have been satisfying and sweet. Just imagine how we’ll feel if we don’t give up actively pursuing God!
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