THE LAW OF PACING
“I’m a slow walker, but I never walk back.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.”
— Genesis 5:22
One of the useful trends of the 21st Century is “physical fitness.” Done wisely, we get healthy and well. The problem with ‘getting in shape’ is we want it fast. We will do everything to achieve our fitness goals, as fast as we can. That’s why, just as we’re beginning, we keep on adding too much volume of exercises, too much frequency, too much weight, too much rounds, as early as possible…as a result, we get injured in the long run. Too much, too soon.
“When it comes to physical training, the tortoise beats the hare every time.” – Tom Venuto
I remembered the words of our mentors, “Masyadong nagmamadali” (Always in a hurry). Experts say, most of them, that the muscles can usually take the speedy increase of stress, but the joints can’t. And if we continue doing this mistake, it can lead to a greater injury, worse, burn out. Experts recommend consistency and steady improvement for long-term results.
Don’t get me wrong. Injuries are inevitable part of life. Sometimes, injuries just happen to us and we know it’s not our fault. But sometimes, life injuries occur to us because want to achieve our goals fast – as early as possible.
The Bible sometimes compares the Christian life as a run. On the other and, the Bible also illustrates our journey as a walk. The book of Genesis tells us that the man Enoch walked with God for three hundred years.
Three hundred years…
The life Enoch teaches us the power of pacing in our spiritual journey. The goal is not just to run fast, but sometimes to walk consistently, according to God’s pacing.
If you want to make progress spiritually, then you need to pace yourself in this training of life — because you are in it for the long haul.