Hold On

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

Romans 12:9  

My wife and enjoy the television show “SURVIVOR”. One of the things I enjoy most about the show are the challenges that the players compete in for a chance for immunity at the tribal counsel at the end of each show. The player who wins immunity cant be voted off the island. The last one standing at the end of the season which is something like 40 days is crowned “SURVIVOR” and awarded a million dollar prize.

The challenges are all different and many of them are a mixture of skill and chance. In other words it’s not always the most talented player who wins. Solomon whom the Lord gave more wisdom than any other man noted in Ecclesiastes 9:11, “I returned and saw under the sun that-- The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.” Often times the winner of a challenge just held on one-second longer.

I grew up playing sports and have watched my fair share on television throughout the years and I cant even count the number of races, be it in track and field, swimming, cycling, auto racing where the winner won by even less than a second. My favorite is cycling and I have seen races that were photo finishes where one rider pips the other rider at the line and wins by less than the width of a bicycle tire and this is after almost 200 miles of racing. If you win anything, the margin of victory doesn’t matter. If you come in second by a fraction of an inch then you are left questioning yourself if you could have held on just a little more for the win.

Remember this today, loved one, sometimes winning isn’t determined by our skill level or by being better than everyone else. Winning in life often comes down to not quitting and just holding on one second longer. The Bible has much to say about holding on and not letting go. From Jacob holding onto the heel of his brother Esau at birth and not letting go to the apostle Paul reminding the church in Thessalonica, “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). The difference from being a survivor and being a thriver often times is one second, just holding on and holding out for just one more second. We will never know what could have been if we let go and quit. But, we just might enjoy the taste of sweet victory if we would just determine to hold on tight today! Don’t let go!

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

1 Timothy 6:12  


Michael Osthimer





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