Stuck at the Start

The runners walk to their lane, attempt to shake out their nerves, then carefully place feet in the starting blocks and fingers just a hair behind the starting line. They lean forward with hearts pounding, anticipating the starter pistol.

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA

Each participant chose to be a runner. Decided to join others in this event. Made the commitment to attend on race day. But what if that’s all they did? What if when “GO!” resounded, the runner stayed in the blocks? Or maybe bolted forward a few yards and abruptly or perhaps casually, stopped.

Have we witnessed this in Christianity? Friends or family accept Jesus as Savior, but never take another step forward in walking with Him. Or maybe quit just a few paces into their race.

Jesus challenged His soon-to-be disciples with, “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:19). Upon acceptance of the invitation, forward movement was expected.

The invitation, however, was not for Jesus’ disciples alone. Jesus clarified, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

Being a Jesus follower requires surrender and sacrifice. It weighs obedience greater than convenience and others above self. Christians are to grow in spiritual maturity and bear spiritual fruit. They strive to stay on the path of righteousness.

If you know someone who is ‘stuck’ in their race, now is the time to give an encouraging word, perhaps a gentle prod. Seek the Lord for just the right words to cheer them on.

If you are the one who is ‘stuck,’ I encourage you to look where God wants you to step right now. Remember His love and His sacrifice for you. Trust Him. Take Him at His word and step forward. You can do it, for you are not alone.


About Arrow

Hi and welcome! My pen name is Arrow. The word “arrow” intrigues me because it has two meanings that describe my passions. One, it is an instrument used intentionally to reach a target, and two, it shows the way. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, my goals are to live for Him, lead others to Him, and glorify the Heavenly Father. I pray that the stories, poems, song lyrics, and devotional thoughts I share on this website will always be inspired by the Holy Spirit and aligned with the truths found in God’s Word. My hope is that the words may penetrate your heart and point the way to a closer relationship with the Savior. I look forward to sharing my journey with you. Experiencing what God has in store is bound to be exciting! May you be blessed! ~ Arrow
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