Just One More

Just One More step through ChristJust one more day, just two more weeks, just a few more tests, papers to write, exams, finals, just one more meeting, these are just some of the ways we encourage ourselves and each other to keep going. We say, “Just one more. “ When you get too tired (exhausted), but you can see the end from here, you feel that you can do just one more.

Many things in life seem so long, such as preparations for a wedding, senior year of high school, the end of a semester, time left before vacation or the next long weekend. And some things seem so short! The honeymoon, vacation days, a long weekend, any weekend! But what are we to do when it gets harder and harder to listen to “just one more” just one more time?

How many more? Just one more

When our daughter got married life was busy. My son had finals the week after the wedding. We had more details to iron out. There was only one more weekend to clean for company. We had days to wait to hug family we hadn’t seen in a while. Just a few more days until our baby became a married woman. We had just days to hug her and enjoy her.

Our youngest was back in school and away from home in a few short weeks. We had another few weeks before deciding whether to buy fireworks and then to celebrate a birthday. So many things were needing out attention or we were looking forward to or keep up our strength for, but what about now? How are we viewing things in this moment? What do we do?

What can we do? Take time to pray.

Think of others. Stop and reflect. Take time to pray. Pray for each other. We pray for those going through hard times and we reach out to them in various ways. Encourage them with smiles and tangible help. Write notes or send money. Bring food and more smiles. Pray for healing and for mercy. We pray for direction and for gas money. Ask what we can do to help. Sometimes we just are there for them.

Acts 20:24 What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.

I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me 15 oz mugHebrews 12:1-2 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.

And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Galatians 6:9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.

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