Lasting the Distance

I don’t know about you but sometimes I find living in a fast paced world, where trends and things go out of fashion almost the second they are in, a little unsettling. We find ourselves approaching life with a “you only live once” mentality grasping and grabbing at experiences, jobs and things to try and make the most of what is fleetingly placed before us.

You may have heard of the term “planned obselecence”. This is a design policy whereby a product or consumer item is designed with a limited useful life so that it will become obsolete or unfashionable after a certain period of time. Now while this might be good for product producers and a stimulated economy it is I think a sign of our times where the terms “throw away” and “disposable” are all too commonplace.

What of the traditional values like durability; lasting the distance; being built to last. Longevity.

Has all of this spilt over into our roles as leaders? Do we imagine our ministry with planned obsolescence or do we imagine ourselves and the people we look after lasting the distance. Having stickability.

I love what Jesus says in John 15:4 “Remain in me and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me”. Here Jesus gives us the key to counter our disposable culture. Remaining in Him. Sticking with Him. Abiding in Him. We are built to last. We are made to be fruitful. We owe it to the generations that follow. Hang in there friends, the best is yet to come!


Janine Clow is married to Carey and together they Pastor Park City Church. In her spare time Janine is known to make the odd flat white and skinny cappacino.