I have been training for a marathon, my first, and the training has been interesting. Often people will ask me what my goals are…mostly finishing is my main goal!! One goal people often ask about is your “time” goal. I kind of laugh at this because time is of little importance to  me, but consider this following incremental difference. When running “fast” for me, I might be running a mile in 10 minutes or so, ( I know for some of you this is really slow), thus in a 10K,  I  finish in about 1 hour. If I slow my pace to about 12:30 minutes per mile or so, I would finish a 10K in about an hour and fifteen minutes (1:15). Just 15 minutes difference. Not a lot of difference.

But if you apply these changes to a marathon, the difference is pretty dramatic. At the 10 minute pace a marathon can be finished in 4:36 (ain’t gonna happen!), at the 12:30 pace it will tale 5:37 to finish. Adding just 2:30 minutes per mile adds an hour to the finish, because of the distance! An incremental difference, but a huge total difference in total.


Or how about in politics, and incremental differences? You have heard the terms ISIL and ISIS for the extremists that are persecuting Christians and beheading Westerners. So what is the difference between ISIL and ISIS? One letter, kind of a incremental difference. ISIS stands for “Islamic State (in) Iraq and Syria and ISIL stands for Islamic State (in) Iraq and Levant. To keep it simple, Iraq and Syria is a rather small area, Iraq and Levant is the region East of Eqypt. Much larger area, and it will take Israel off the map . (more on this here:http://www.glennbeck.com/2014/09/15/why-obamas-use-of-the-term-isil-instead-of-isis-is-actually-really-important/)


Lastly, consider these two statements :

     I believe in God.

    I have faith in God.

Just a “belief” in God really isn’t sufficient when it comes to the question of eternity and/or the impact of God in daily life. You may ask “why” or “how” is this so. Consider this verse from the Bible : James 2:19 states, “19 Do you think that just believing there’s one God is going to get you anywhere? The demons believe that, too, and it terrifies them! ” Belief in God by itself isn’t life-changing, even the enemy and His minions believe in God.

The other statement however, is impactful! One other verse to consider: Philipians 3:8-9

that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.

Incremental difference, belief “in” God, and being “found” in Him , and faith in Christ.

I “believe” the chair will hold me up(but refuse to sit in it) …….

I have faith the chair will hold me up and can be “found” sitting it.

chair      chair 2 


 Incrementals makes a difference…..