Paul Dietzel, former head coach of LSU, said, “You learn more character on the 2 yard line than anywhere else in life.”
He’s right. Depending on which side of the ball you’re on, the 2 yard line means you’re right on the edge of success or failure.
That’s when it’s time to dig in, to make a final surge for the score or a last minute stand against defeat.
In ministry, as well as in life, you often find yourself on the 2 yard line — just this side of success, or just that side of defeat.
And often it’s a combination of the two. That’s because life, unlike football, makes it possible to be both places at once.
Consider the challenges you’re facing today. What does victory demand you do? Push harder here? Stand tougher there?
Either way, it’s time to dig in. Time to persevere, to persist in doing good one more day, making one more effort to accomplish that to which we have been called.
Let us not become weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:10)
Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)
Your life is a never-ending cycle of reaping and sowing, of planting and harvesting. Every day you experience both.
Today you will enjoy (or, in some cases, not enjoy) a harvest you have planted in past days or weeks or months or years.
And today you are planting tomorrow’s harvest. Your actions today create the life you will experience tomorrow, and in the days to come.
“The one who sows to please the Spirit,” Paul says, “from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
And then he encourages us:
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)
Sometimes it requires all of your emotional reserves just to continue one more day in your journey. Remember: this is a journey worth taking, and it is not without reward. At the proper time, you will reap the harvest that you are sowing today.
So keep sowing. Make the calls that aren’t always easy to make. Finish the task you’ve been putting off. Confront the problems you’ve avoided. Do what needs to be done.
Keep sowing today, and wait for the harvest.
As the book of Job says, God will make all things beautiful for you in his time.