I'm a big sports fan. I especially follow Major League Baseball. Tangie and I also love watching the Olympics - swimming in particular. I'm amazed at how fractions of a second determine success or failure. Like everyone else, I was in awe of Michael Phelps this past summer. Think about all the repetitive, grueling work that he put in just to win one of his races by 0.1 seconds. How easy would it have been for him to take it just a little bit easier in his training? He would have assumed victory but wouldn't have attained it.
Now apply that to your ministry. What does it really matter if I take it easy every once in a while? I mean, what difference is 0.1 seconds anyway?
It matters. Paul said, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
So what is ahead for us? Let's not worry about that so much as focus on the task at hand. Let's keep pressing on in the strength of Christ until the prize is won.