The life we live on earth is merely practice for heaven. So why is it so difficult at times to maintain our spiritual growth and press on toward our goal? We get distracted by the world, we get lazy in our effort, and we live in a culture that demands immediate gratification rather than appreciating long-term goals.
As Christians, we must challenge ourselves to persistently grow in the Lord and mature in our faith as part of this race we are running. We cannot give up or settle for a mediocre walk with God. Let us persist in our efforts, resting in His arms when we need to, and gaining the strength to continue on from the One who is waiting for us at the finish line.