The last few moments before the start of a triathlon are the most tense. Sure, you are trained. You are ready. You can swim OK. But even knowing all this, there will be an element of doubt and tension. The devil will bring his worry to the party for you. But it's practically too late. He should have tried harder, and inflicted more doubt early because now you are in, no going back. The training, the waiting are over, and something big enough to scare you and inspiring enough to make you grow is about to begin. As they count off the minutes for your swim wave to thrash water, it seems like it will never begin.
Then, the gun sounds and it is on. You are in! Water is splashing on your face. You are bumping and rolling against other swimmers in the forward motion to the first buoy. How great. It feels like it's where I should be at this very moment in time. Take another hard swim stroke. Yes! let’s go, I am in.
Thank you, God for this passion to follow, to be challenged, by and to ultimately enjoy, and grow from it. But, most of all thank you for the Faith journey I am on, for the passion, to be challenged by, and to grow from. And, when I cross my final finish line, I can look to heaven and say, "I am in."