The Christian walk isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. How often have you heard that mantra? It is used quite frequently because it is very true. Along the way, however, there are many opportunities to fall in the ditch on one side of the road or the other. The two moments in the Christian life which present the greatest opportunity for falling into a ditch are resounding victory and crushing defeat. The common denominator is that they both lull us into a false state of relaxation where we ease off the gas pedal, if you will. It happens in defeat because pride and self-righteousness often beckon us into full-blown self-condemnation, a healthy case of the mully-grubs. It happens in victory because pride and self-righteousness are often joined by a strong case of “I-did-it-itis.” I’m sure we’re all familiar with that diagnosis. In both scenarios, we are prone to throttle down from full-fledged Christ following.