The Real Start


We all want to press forward towards what God has for us, but if we are being really honest with ourselves, it’s not any easy task.

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)

One of the issues we have with living out a life that presses forward, starts with our mentality. We picture "perfect", and that’s not the reality or the expectation that we ought to hold. Holding those expectations causes us to be finished once we hit our first loss. Success is not about winning, but learning through loss.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” Matthew 5: 38-41 (NIV)

What would your season look like if you looked back at it and said to yourself, “I’ll go one more”? What would your greatest struggle look like if you looked back at it and said to yourself, “I’ll go one more”?

There is something powerful in going the second mile. The second mile is when you want to quit. It’s when pushing forward hurts & stings the most. What if the real start is not in you declaring that you will be, but the start actually starts on that second mile? There is something about the second mile that does something inside of you that the world can’t give you or teach you.

Increase your capacity.

You can’t meet Jesus and have the same capacity that you did before. One of the beauties of a relationship with Him is that you have the ability to stretch your capacity. You have to make room for what God wants to do in your life, and if you can’t do that, ultimately it leads to you getting stuck.

So how exactly do you and I increase our capacity? Capacity doesn’t increase because you pray for it. Capacity increases when you feel that overwhelming sense of panic rising & want to quit, but yet you don't. Capacity increases when you are forced into a situation where you must trust in God to fill the gap. You are bigger than the giants that stand in front of you. That panic you may feel is your invitation to what the devil can’t take from you: your capacity to keep pressing and letting God step in. The second mile is where your capacity gets forged. The second mile is where you increase where you once didn’t have enough. Your capacity increases in the second mile because you have taken on something that is bigger than you and through it you show it that the God in you is bigger than the giant ahead of you.

When you start to expand our capacity, you are going to want to quit. You are going to want to jump out. If you are tired, worn out, or don’t feel like you can make it, you have got to get up and go. When you sit on the first mile, you miss out on the power, breakthrough, and promises that God holds for you found in the second mile.

What if you and I are trapped in almost because we are living guided by comfort? What if what is difficult, is actually a blessing, and not the devil against you? How often do your emotions run your life? When life forces you to show a mile, you’ve got the option to turn it into a win by going the second mile.

Your best life is out there. It really is. It’s not going to be found on the first mile, but it will be found when you push forward when it hurts, and keep your eyes on that second mile. The second mile isn’t crowded. You and the best you are the only ones on the track in that second mile. The devil wants you to quit, but we’ve got to white knuckle through it and keep pushing through.

There is value in doing things that are about to take you out. There is value in pushing beyond what you haven’t done before. You just have to be willing.

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