In a contest, the best players and teams have a tendency to coast at points during the regular season. Falling into this trap often leads to disappointing loses and major upsets. At some point you have to respond, by raising your level of competition. If you are dedicated, gifted and talented, when you turn it up success usually follows.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay, Habakkuk 2:3.
According to one of the Old Testament prophets, vision requires patience, resolve and timing. If you are impatient, you may quit before seeing and tasting the fruits of your labor. Therefore, when others are on the verge of giving up on a shared dream, remain steadfast by turning up the intensity.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up, Galatians 6:9.
Perhaps the apostle Paul is referencing Habakkuk in the verse above. The notion of delayed gratification is a foreign to this generation. In life you can’t just put a prayer request on a credit card, then wait for it the mail to be delivered. Although some prayers do get answered instantaneously and or quickly, this is not the norm. Rather, in times of doubt, turn up your faith, waiting for a spiritual harvest to arrive.
by Jay Mankus