I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (KJV)
The new spin bikes are in at the gym, adding a smoother ride and more accurate gear lever to the cyclist’s experience. Topping both of those improvements is the monitor, which focuses the spinner on his or her personal goal for the ride. The monitor displays RPM, watts/calories, mileage, time, and the gear in use. There is no room for daydreaming or slacking off. The cyclist constantly watches the RPM, attentive to the target, and works to maintain speed at increased resistance to achieve a certain distance by the end of the class. When the hour is up, seeing the results brings more satisfaction and accomplishment than on the old bikes that didn’t display the goal in clear view.
Without our life’s ultimate goal in clear view, it is easy to lose momentum, get side tracked, or coast along without doing the work that is set before us. We may finish short of our calling. To stay attentive to those things that really matter and to finish well, we need to maintain our spiritual RPM: reading, prayer, and meditation. With our RPM as priority, there will be a major difference in motivation, persistence, and result. We look forward to hearing the words as spoken by the master in the parable of the talents: “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21 ).
Lord, help me to live purposefully each day, so when my days wind down I can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7).