Did you know that your body is better adapted for long distance endurance running than any mammal? Big up to Usain Bolt, but it is Haile Gebrselassie that actually displays our real potential as people. In simple English, you and I are naturally built to go “the long haul” than to do a dash.
I find comfort in this new knowledge because in our 21st century life on a fast lane, speed seems to be more celebrated than perseverance and consistency. We live in a world where there is almost instant everything. Innovation is defined by “How much Faster is it?” or “Does it make things Shorter”. And it has its pecks: Life is easier and somewhat sweeter.
However on the flip-side, it builds the notion that whatever is not instant and within a short time frame is no good. When endurance, stamina and consistency gets the back seat, the default mindset becomes to accomplish in a dash, things that would have required the long haul for better output. It mounts an undue pressure and sets the perfect stage for a burn-out.
I have learnt that this is a wrong mindset to have in navigating the race of life, especially if you are running with God.
I believe that’s why God designed our bodies to be better suited for the long distance. You can also see this attribute all over nature. For instance, you can’t have an instant palm tree. So it is perfectly normal after all, not to expect everything to happen overnight.
Scripture says in Hebrews 12 “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.
The most efficient way to run your life’s race is not as a 100 meters sprint, but a long distance marathon. And that requires perseverance, persistence and consistency.
Now you see why that knowledge encourages me. I am already built for the long haul.
I don’t have to feel bad when a project I started out on doesn’t seem to be progressing as fast as I expected (judged by the instant mindset). Rather I stay motivated and persist in consistently the things I know are right irrespective of the length of time, because when I will finally get there, it will be much “sweeter” than if I took the shortcut for a dash.
Then I will be functioning at my optimal. No hurry, No pressure. Even wine tastes sweeter with age.
Can you attest to that?