God is a Marathon

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the rave that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

-Hebrews 12:1-2

For the past 6-7 years of my life, I’ve wanted to build a passive income stream….and I’ve tried oh so many things…

…I made ONE video game which was on the app store for a month, then I abandoned it

…I written four non-fiction books, only one of which did I publish on Amazon, then I abandoned them

…I wrote three kids fiction books, published one, and abandoned the rest

…I started 4 different ecommerce stores, attempted to sell t-shirts, made random facebook pages, random websites that never did anything

…and the most serious thing I made, an online training course about magic tricks, got a few sales, but I was so caught up in the “quick sale, make money now” portion that I was never willing to put in the proper work towards having it consistently produce.

I wanted everything now…

I was trying to finish the race without running it, and was going nowhere. 

But the past few months have been different:

I’ve been building a real video game business, and though I haven’t seen the monetary results (it has only been a few months) I know that I will see them. Because I’ve seen the people that have done it before me, their faith, and have my mind focused on the prize, a real stable, strong, and well rooted passive income stream that will last for years. 

…and if the Lord wills (should he not call me to do something else) I will receive it.

I’m running the race now.

So what changed? 

Burden dumping. 

Do you have any idea how hard it is to run with weights on your legs?

Next time you hit the treadmill, grab some children (preferably your own, but that’s between you and their parents), feed them a candy bar, and tell them that if they hang on to your leg and don’t fall off you’ll give them $5…

…then go for a light jog.

Let’s just say that with a sugared up 40 lb. child dreaming of that picture of Abe Lincoln clinging to you, you ain’t getting nowhere fast. 

Now try it with two kids =P

God does not call us to sit by. He calls us to RUN. Run by faith, with endurance to be focused on the prize, that is Jesus. The perfecter of our faith. But we can’t do that when we have two sugared up sin kids (sorry kids) clinging to our legs like a leech with drill bits for teeth. 

We need to lift them off, put them down, and go, and go now.

Before I really got going with my game business, I had so many mindset burdens, so many “right times” I was waiting for…

…the perfect idea

…the best platform

…enough money

…moving to Korea

…a bag of perfectly salted chips

And until I got rid of them, I never started running.

“Let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us RUN.”

Lay aside your weight, and RUN, fixing your eyes of Jesus.

-Eric

p.s. My own weight that I needed to lay aside was this intense all consuming desire to run away and move out of the country. I dropped it and have never regretted it since. God is faithful, His grace is enough, whatever you need to remove you can. 

We are dead to sin, (Romans 6) don’t let it cling to you, remove it and run.