In 2004 I moved to Saltspring Island to begin writing my first book Voices Crying in the Wilderness, A call to prophesy. I spent 2 years there: summers in my 20 foot class C motor home and the winters we rented whatever we could find. Each day I drove to the community cinder track to walk my mile. There was a warning out that a cougar, with cubs and also a bear were spotted on the island at the time, so this discouraged me from taking my usual constitutional along the scenic beach roads and I resolved my efforts to the track and it gave me an accurate account of distance each day, so that was fine.
One day as I podded my course an obvious pro strode onto the track, shaking out his muscle mass and creaking his neck about. He was obviously training for some important run as he had an assistant timing his runs. He was most professional indeed and came speeding past me numerous times as I plodded my measly mile. He paid no attention to me as he drove by me spitting up cinder bits and cutting in front if I happened to be in his way.
The Skinny Man’s Audacity was inspired by this daily contrast of goals. I wonder where he is today as I write this. I wonder if he won his race. That was 12 years ago. I continue to plod along my track today tending to my own race and allowing others to tend to theirs.
This morning I experienced an epiphany…revelation…and this brought to mind the essay I wrote in 2010 (inspired by the incident in 2004)
THE VICTORY IS NOT WON UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE. (LST)
This lead to a well known idiom: “It’s not how you start your race, but how you finish.”
And the Bible reminds us:
The end of a thing is better than the beginning.
8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
7 Though your beginning was small,
Yet your latter end would increase abundantly.
I hope the SKINNY MAN’S AUDACITY inspires, strengthens and encourages you as it has me today…. Keep on plodding!!