The Speed of Growth: It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

Activate: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9

Elevate: So I just started running again. A couple of years ago I was running with a friend who every time would start out with a sprint. The first couple of times I got caught up in the competition and emotion of the race…I mean jog. My pace was way off, about halfway I had to walk because I was too worn out. Once it dawned on me that I was trying to keep up with someone 10 years younger than me, I had to regroup.

Like anything pace is important if you want to keep moving forward. As it pertains to growth, it’s my hope that you find your rhythm or pace and begin to make it a lifestyle. Growth is not something that you can achieve quickly and expect long term results. Growth has three phases. Those phases are seed, time, and harvest. No matter what you do, you can’t rush a seed into becoming a tree. This process takes time and much later it will produce something that helps others.

It’s easy to get discouraged when nothing seems to be developing. But I want to tell you that even though you don’t see much happening on top of the soil, down where you can’t see, that seed is growing. This is much like us. Don’t run at someone else’s pace. You do what you’ve been called to do. You find your own rhythm, so you don’t get burned out. Find those daily practices that build your spirit and strengthen your walk. A believer’s growth is never finished. We are in a marathon not a sprint.

Cultivate: Take a quick inventory of your spiritual growth. Make a list of the areas that started out as seed and now have grown into something productive.