As children, we would lean into the handlebars, throw our weight forward and begin the grueling, sweaty and steady process of riding a bicycle up hill. We knew that all the discomfort and slow going would be rewarded by the view from the top and the thrill of effortless speed on the other side of our sacrifice. VISION and MOMENTUM were the payoff that followed the pain.
MOMENTUM: Impetus gained by a moving object; ENERGY, FORCE, POWER, STRENGTH
At the beginning of 2016 we were ready to give up on some things. We committed to kick out the unhealthy habits and begin some new and improved ones. Now that we are coming to the end of the 21 DAYS, we may be ready for a change again. Adding some fun foods back, perhaps picking up the TV remote again or joining in on Social Media?
We all know that returning to normal is what is expected after a time of dedicated fasting and prayer. Yet in spite of what we may add back to our lives, we can continue to gain momentum by allowing the powerful practices we adopted for 21 DAYS to remain.
When we are stretching to reach a higher place- a new level, we can’t wait to return to a comfortable position. But when we grow, our reach extends AND we don’t shrink back down after we have attained what we were after.
This next week we have a choice. We can either celebrate the end of our 21 DAYS by retreating back into the previous pattern of living, or we can celebrate our time of dedication by increasing momentum. This is not a suggestion that you stay on a perpetual fast. However, it is an opportunity to observe the ways in which our lives have been enriched over the past three weeks.
And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap
a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.
~ Galatians 6:9 (THE LIVING BIBLE)
For 21 DAYS you have been pedaling up hill. Taxing, trying, pushing and breathing through the unavoidable discomfort of pulling the dead weight of flesh to a higher place. The hard part has been done. You now sit atop a new vista ready to ride like the wind.
Or will you ride the brakes?
Will you glide through the air and enjoy the thrill of ENERGY, FORCE, POWER and STRENGTH?
OR will you sabotage the momentum by downshifting your dedication?
The word MOMENT is the root of the word- MOMENTUM. As you transition into the next phase of 2016, this is the defining moment that will create more or less momentum in your life. How you determine to leave this month- and enter the next, will either dissipate or display momentum. What if you didn’t back-off in intensity but instead leaned in and pedaled harder? What if you carved more time out for your goals and left the remote to gather dust? What if you continued to check in with your spirit instead of Social Media? What if your intentionality in one area sharpened your focus and momentum in every area of your life?
We have a choice to make and important questions before us.
Will all the MOMENTUM we are gaining be lost or will it be multiplied?
The days to come will tell - for they will define the moments and the momentum of 2016.
FATHER, thank You for Your love and dedication to me. I am grateful that You are always focused on me. My wholeness, purpose and plans are important to You! You gave Your Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice so that I could live life to the fullest. I ask that You would reveal the areas of my life that can slow my progress toward Your perfect will in my life. Forgive me Father for any ways in which I have doubted or been unfaithful to the opportunities You have created for me. I commit myself to momentum for Your Kingdom. In Jesus name. Amen!
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