Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” It is so easy to get caught up in the belief that success is based on what we yield. But what the Faith Hall of Fame advocates is, we will be commended for our FAITH in the journey – not for an outcome.
Our culture operates strongly based on a finish line. We train to complete a marathon. We go to graduate school to get the MBA needed to become an executive. The purpose is to get to the end, to finish the goal, to complete the project. Only then, when the finish line has been reached will we have made it. Then we’ll be commended. Then we’ll be praised. Then we’ll be worthy because we reached our goal; with this mentality, it’s all about the outcome.
But what if we, like some of the heroes in Hebrews chapter 11, never get to see the final outcome? What if we never reach what we’re working towards?