1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
The Need for Self-Discipline
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I WILL RUN THIS RACE ~
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I WILL RUN THIS RACE ~
As I think of a person who runs, I think of a person who exercises and prepares for the run. It takes time and energy to prepare for what is ahead. Just like our spiritual lives. We starts off slow and day by day, we exercise our faith in God. Pressing forward and knowing that one day we will cross that finish line of life.
Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Yes, we can accomplish what we set out to do in life. Always pressing forward and leaning to God for strength and guidance. Each day we change and each day God continues to shine in our lives. As we share the love of God with others, we see that our lives becomes faithful. Faithful to prayer and faithful to others. A vow made and change begins in you. I can run this race of life with grace. I know that things suddenly change and continuing the race is important. I am not a quitter and neither are you. It's only the beginning of greater things ahead.
My heart goes out to people today who face hard things. My husband (Terry) was a union carpenter for 30 years. He was forced into retirement because of his health issues. He fell over 40 feet back in the 1980's and went back to work years later. His recovery time was longer than we had thought. Fast forward to the years of 2000's and he found himself needing more surgeries. That changed our lives in ways we did not expect. Money became much less and a new way of living started. Yet, we found ourselves talking about it last night. This journey hasn't always been fun, but God is faithful over the years. We saw that he places people in our path to encourage us and be there for us.
Running this face of life with hope, faith and knowing that God is faithful. God is not a God of just enough, he supplies our needs and even wants in life. Keeping the trust in God is important. Pressing forward is important and don't stop believing BIG! I've seen too many miracles not to believe BIG. Yet, I am thankful for those to stand by us through it all. I'm thankful for you who take the time to read this, pass it on and share hope with someone else in this day. God is good through it all!
Look into the mirror of hope and see yourself confidence in God. Greater things are in this day and continue the race with peace. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.