Don’t Look Down
When I was in high school, I ran track and I was alright at it, but I just ran to have fun. I always liked the 400 meter dash the best. I liked it because it was long enough that it pushed me, but not so long that I overthought how I ran. After one of those races, an older man came up to me and gave me advice. The advice he gave me there has stuck with me ever since. He said that after rounding the last turn with about 100 meters left, I would drop my head. He told me that when I dropped my head and looked down, I lost my speed, my form changed and I never got back into the race. In my mind, I was dropping my head to gain more speed and to give one last push in the race. The very thing that I thought was helping me out, was actually making me lose the race.
Peter experienced this with Christ as well. (Matthew 14:22-33) Christ went to the disciples during a storm, walking on the water. Peter told Jesus that if it was really Him, to tell him to walk on the water. Jesus told him to come-and the crazy thing that happens-Peter started to walk on water! But something happened. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30) See… he dropped his head.
It is the same way with the walk with Christ. When we lose sight of Christ and the end goal and look down, we start to lose what we just had. This may be focusing on the things of this world around us like money, politics, gossip, hatred for others, drama… this list is different for each person, but it is so easy to drop your head in the walk with Christ and lose focus of Christ.
So this week, when you find yourself getting overwhelmed by what is going on around you, remember to not drop your head but focus on Christ and the end goal.
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