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Running to the Finish Line | Daily Meditation | Ecclesiastes 7:8

Earlier today a friend posted an amusing picture on Facebook. I could help but chuckle as I looked at it. There in the picture (shown above) are men pushing a very large square object into a van. What is amazing is that it is a 5MB hard drive. After my initial amusement my mind begun comparing it to our current solid disk hard drives used for storing information, such as videos, pictures, text documents, and a variety of other files.

In that moment, the picture spoke.  I was reminded that things do change. This technology was considered bleading edge in 1956. Fast forward to today, it is a dinosaur. Kids cannot wrap their mind around its size and functionality. They can never understand why it is so big and what could possible be stored on such a small space.

We may laugh at the taught of this huge equipment being used to store such limited data. Its almost impossible to comprehend what could be stored on this external hard drive. The smallest phones, thumb drives, watches and other wearable devices can store thousands of times more information.

The process of change reminds us that great ideas are refined with time. The work may be crude at the beginning. As we keep working. As we keep pushing forward towards the finish line the better will be the outcome.

‘Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.’~ Ecclesiastes 7:8

As a child I was fascinated with Dick Tracey cartoons. To me there was no other like him. He was the bravest and best detective. Batman did not compare. He had the best gadget. He wore it on his hand. I speak of his watch. To me it was the coolest thing. He could talk face-to-face with his colleagues. The concept blew my mind. It was out of this world! This was the 1980s. Only a few people had a telephone. We had to dial numbers to make a call. Having a mobile phone on a watch interface was far fetched. This was until phones changed. Apple introduced the iPhone and started a revolution.

What was only in the imagination of a cartoonist is now our reality. We are now walking in the reality of a vision that was before its time.

God made us thinkers. Dreamers for a reason. He uses our imagination to provide a vision of things to come. If we are smart we will not be quick to dismiss concepts He imprints on our imagination. They may seem far fetched but work on them.

Last year September (2017) I had a vision of the cars of the future. I saw the making of flying cars. There were many attempts to refine the design. Many failed but people kept refining the models. As time passed the design was perfected. Engines were created that allowed vertical lift-off and landing and horizontal movement without rotating fans like current planes. The sky was filled with these vehicles. I rode in one of them. Mankind had accomplished one of his greatest challenge. Concepts shown in Start Wars and Star Trek was now a reality.

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May I encourage you to remove the limitations. Major changes always require overcoming tremendous obstacles. Progress requires continuous investment of time and resources of labor, time, money and other resources.

Be willing to start with a crude design. Work diligently to achieve the desired outcome. When God created the world he did not make it in its perfected state. There were some things that needed to be done. The Bible tells us that God looked at the work and said it was good. He was satisfied that with the process of time everything would be perfected.

Whatever vision God has given you continue to push forward. It may be crude. You may stand alone but keep going. Push forward.

You may need to work like Nehemiah and the other builders. They faced mocking, threats and direct attempts to stop the work on the wall of Jerusalem. Things got so bad that they were forced to work in battle ready mode.

Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!

~ Nehemiah 4:1-3

Who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other. and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

~ Nehemiah 4:17,18

Despite the opposition and the crudity of the initial work they kept going. The final work was so great that all their enemies were silenced. And became afraid of them.

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.

~ Nehemiah 6:15,16



Keep the vision before you. Work with your tool and sword, weapon of war, close by as you hammer away. Your sword allows you to fight against the thought that limits you. This will be your biggest opposition. What happens outside is nothing compared to what is happening on the inside. You have got to ensure that the internal battle is quieted. Only then will the victory be won.

When you have silenced the inner voices continue to move forward. Move steadily. Never quit until you have reached the finish line.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.~ 1 Corinthians 9:24

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