The next time you are going down the highway and there are no other cars around so it’s safe to do so, let off the gas and push in on the clutch or put it in neutral. Or, if you ride a motorcycle like I do, let off the throttle and pull in the clutch. Now you are coasting. No problem right? Now look at your speedometer. You aren’t maintaining your speed are you? No, when we let off the gas we slow down, we are losing ground and if we don’t get it back in gear and get back on the throttle we will come to a complete stop. And if We were even going slightly up hill we will start going backward. But even if we don’t go backward at all the world is still moving forward and flying right on by.
Listen, even if all you want to do is keep up you have to keep your foot on the gas. You still have to put forth effort just to maintain. Now, if you want to do more, you have to give more, you have to press in, you gotta push harder. It’s going to take some work. Improving, growing, advancing, getting ahead, learning, acheiving, all take effort. All will require you to put in the work. It will not happen coasting. It won’t even happen with the cruise on. You have to work at it and you will have to continue to work.
Even if you are a person of faith you have to keep your foot on the gas. The Word says that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. Hearing in that scripture is present tense. Not by what we heard or by what we use to hear but by ‘hearing’. If you want to increase your faith you have to continue to read the Word and hear His teaching and you have to take action on what you learn and see God move.
Regardless of the situation, business, physical fitness, faith, etc. the principle is the same. So get out there and keep working at it.
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