Day 5: Stacked Days
I trained six months for my second bodybuilding competition. Towards the end, I was exercising two or three times a day. My diet had become extremely strict. My thoughts were consumed with the extreme lifestyle I was forging. Each work out began to blend with the next, and I could no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. Each day, each work out, each bench press, each squat, each pull-up and each deadlift seemed to make no difference in my physique. I was too close and too thick into training that I couldn’t see the changes my efforts were producing. But I knew from experience that changes aren’t made over night. The biggest advances we make are made up of tiny steps, not giant leaps, along the way. I wound up doing well in my competition, and I’m glad I didn’t let myself get distracted by the small picture.
King David may have beat Goliath in an instant, but he actually won the fight over years of practicing his slingshot in the wilderness as he watched his father’s sheep. And God didn’t give David Goliath right away. First, God had David fight the lion to protect his sheep. Next, God had David fight the bear to protect his sheep. Each one of those victories brought David closer to defeating Goliath and the Philistines, protecting God’s Children. David could have gotten discouraged. He could have given up on developing his skill because he didn’t see that Goliath was waiting just around the corner. Instead, David chose to trust God and make those tiny steps of improvement, trusting that they would eventually add up to one giant leap.
It is difficult when we are in the thick of our struggle to see the bigger picture. But we have to trust that if we are faithful everyday to the process, those days will stack up and help attain the victory. Bodybuilding can be applied metaphorically to life. God has Goliaths in store for us, and we won’t be ready to fight them if we squander the small steps every day that lead to our victory. Our “training” may never be perfect, but we can definitely remain committed. We don’t have to get discouraged because we know that nothing comes back void (Isaiah 55.11). All our efforts combined will eventually produce something powerful and great that the Lord can use to change lives and establish His glory.
“David said to the Philistine, ‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied’” (1 Samuel 17.45 NIV).
Father, help me not to get distracted on this path that You have set before me. I trust that all of my steps of obedience will equal to something wonderful for Your glory. I want to keep my eyes on the bigger picture that You are establishing on earth. I want to be ready to attain the victory when my “Goliath” confronts me. Help me as I stay faithful to the small steps of obedience along the way. But most of all, help me to rely on Your strength and Your promises. Only You can accomplish the great and mighty things You have in store for me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What small steps are you making for a bigger cause?
- Is there a Goliath that God is preparing you to fight?
- How are your efforts going to pay off?
Keep your eyes on the bigger picture!