Updated: Nov 19, 2020
The fastest runner does not always win the race. Oftentimes, the one who is first out of the starting block is not the one who crosses the finish line first. You can come out of the block like gangbusters and frizzle halfway through the race, or you can catch a cramp and pull up which will prevent you from completing the race all together. In either case, speed becomes less of a factor than endurance.
How many of us have worked extremely hard to lose unwanted pounds only to regain it along with a few extra pounds? We worked hard at changing our eating habits and exercising to achieve our weight loss goals. Then we reach that dreadful plateau - “a period or state of little or no growth or decline” (www.dictionary.com). The point in the journey where we are stagnant. The pounds are no longer shedding. This is always the danger zone for me. I can easily begin and have gained weight during this stage because there is no movement. Even though I was still watching what I ate, counting calories, and working out, it was very discouraging to see no further results. Just like the runner, we start our weight loss journey fast and hard out of the starting block determined to cross the finish line only to frizzle out when we reach that dangerous plateau, but we cannot give up or we will never reach our goal.
Let me share another scenario with you. I have been in studio recording some original music. The plan was to have my CD project completed and ready for distribution by fall 2020. I started out of the block in March recording a few tracks only to decelerate because of the pandemic. Regained momentum when restrictions loosened and was able to lay down remaining vocal tracks. Now I am just waiting. There has been no movement, no progression just like the dreadful plateau, but I cannot give up. If I quit not, I will never reach my goal.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, “…The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…” (NJKV). It does not matter how fast or strong you are. If you do not finish the race, you will not get the reward. You can only win if you stay the course. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 24:13 only “the one who endures to the end will be saved”. He is referring to enduring persecution, but His words are practical for any situation whether in weight loss or business endeavors. It is not how fast you finish the race as long as you finish. It does not matter when you get the job done as long as you get it done. It does not matter when your dream comes to fruition as long as it comes to fruition, so do not give up. Stay the course.