Once you start some things there is no going back.
We have lived in our home for almost three years. We love it! We live on almost a full acre and we also have plenty of space inside to homeschool, have foster kids, and have two home offices. We love our home! But it's walls are painted and wallpapered from a couple decades ago! We have lots of ideas to update and redo some cosmetic things. For many months we have put these improvements off. I would often be tempted to start peeling at the wallpaper in the kitchen. Green plaid and floral isn't really my style :) But I always thought we would not have enough time to get the project done, so why start? Or I would think that changing the kitchen walls was not a valuable use of our resources-- I'll save that topic for another post.
Then one day a couple weeks ago, my husband was out of town and I started peeling! First, just the corner... but that came right off! I knew there was no turning back! I employed my daughters to help me and in no time we were done. The scrapping of the glue backing took a little more time, but it was so worth it! We will paint soon. I'm excited for that! I enjoy the space a lot more already. It's clean and fresh without the patterned wallpaper.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:1-3
Jesus is the "pioneer", the "author", the "founder" of our faith. He is the very source of our faith, and we, as His followers, also decide to follow Him. We each make a decision to accept Him and from there our life is not the same. There is no turning back! We pray for perseverance to not lose heart, to not grow weary. It is no small decision to follow Jesus. I am amazed by it daily. I can only choose to follow Him because He has first chosen me.
There is an old church hymn you probably know:
I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, no turning back
The world behind me, the cross before me, no turning back, no turning back.
Jesus, You are our greatest prize! Our greatest treasure! We forsake all for the joy of knowing You! We fix our eyes on you. We have decided to follow You. No turning back, Lord, no turning back. Amen. Let it be.