Last night I was reading the little letter that St. John wrote to a friend of his. He said something really important in this letter:
Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. (2 John verse 8)
You work hard to gain: spiritual vitality, physical strength, intellectual capacity, vibrant relationships, etc.
The crazy thing is that if you stop working… you start losing.
Most things of value are not “once secured always secured.” They must be nurtured and protected.
A huge mistake lots of people make is to work really hard to achieve a goal… and then once they achieve it they stop doing what got them there in the first place!
- People compete in a bodybuilding show… after the show they gain a ton of weight… and often stop eating and lifting.
- People go to church because their life is falling apart… it starts to get better… they quit going to church.
- People pay attention to their marriage because divorce is imminent… it gets better… they decrease their intensity.
If you want to get it… you’ve got to work hard for it.
If you want to keep it… you’ve got to continue to nurture and protect it!
I urge you to look around you. Who/what do you love? Who/what have you worked hard to achieve? Then ask yourself, “If I keep doing what I’m doing will I keep/grow this thing I love so much?”