As the semester hurtles onward, we wonder why we even put ourselves through so much. The mere thought of all that must be accomplished, combined with the inner fear that we might fail, creates an inner longing for time to stop. For we need time to rest, recuperate, and realign our lives.
Yet the world moves on, with or without us, and out of fear of being left behind we hurry on as well.
Then we wonder why we don’t want to be left behind, why we hurry, and why we are pursuing some goal that we may not even be certain of. Life seems at once to be so rich, so fulfilling, and so draining. The future lies unknown, foreboding, yet still hopeful. But without hope of a final rest in heaven, we are condemned to a life of constant demands.
Press on to that which will last forever.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”