Continue. It’s such an ordinary word, but in it is extraordinary power. Continue was my word last summer. I spent two months studying for the bar exam. Our bar prep instructors reminded us that it was a marathon, not a sprint so we should take it one day at a time. To remain committed and continue.
In John 15, Jesus talked about the importance of abiding in Him. The Greek word for abide has many meanings and most of them lead back to “continue:” (1) to remain; stay; reside; (2) continue without fading or being lost. And when you look up “remain,” it leads you to “continue without fading or being lost.”
We all have moments of weakness and seasons of losing sight of what matters. It’s the weeks that pass by without opening your Bible. Or the rushed prayers when you know you should just take an hour to spend in prayer on your knees instead of pursuing your to-do list. It’s losing your temper or letting an addiction/sin/bad habit back into your life. You fall, get distracted or mess up… and then you don’t know how to make it back.
Continue. That’s how you do it. You persist in the faith. You open your Bible. You turn off the electronics and close the door to your room so you can freely and openly spend uninterrupted time with your God. You block a website that steals your time or purity, throw away the physical temptations that surround you and pick up the phone to apologize for yelling at your mother. One step at a time. Just one. One Bible verse. One prayer. One apology. One purge. One day. And then you repeat it again in an hour, in a day, in a week, and for all the days of your life. You keep going, because you are grounded in His promises and clothed in His strength.
Then you won’t be moved away from the hope of the Gospel. You will bear the fruit of the Spirit in your life. You will ask and it will be done for you. You will be His disciple. You will have eternal life and your joy will be full. So, continue, Love. Your past doesn’t define you, but how you choose to spend today will shape your tomorrows.