There it is.
And i’m not really looking forward to it.
I’ve had this word on my heart for a while now, but honestly I’ve had a hard time committing to it because I know that it’s going to be hard…(which seems like a trend for me every year…a tough word that I don’t want to commit to but ends up being great at the end of the year…apparently I’m a slow learner…)
Last year was a great year. Really. I was challenged in ways that I never imagined and grew in ways that I didn’t think were possible…but there were parts of last year that were really hard…so I’m not sure that I’m really looking forward to what this word might mean for 2015.
Jordan and I learned last year that God doesn’t call us to the things that are easy. It’s good for us, but hard. Just like running…
I started running last summer as part of my “healthy me” plan and I did pretty well with it; until I fell off the wagon…literally…I fell off of a wagon and hurt my left side (hip, knee, leg) so I stopped running for a bit and switched to biking…and here is what I learned…
Running is hard. So much harder than biking, walking, or most other cardio exercise, but you get some of the best results from it if you can persevere…that’s the key…it’s about persevering so that I can run the race well. Whatever challenges are coming my way this year I’m determined to run at them, through them, and past them. With abandon*.
I’m not sure what this year will hold…
probably some literal running (I’d really like to run a 5K by the end of the summer)
and definitely some figurative running (persevering through the tough stuff to accomplish the call that God has placed on my heart; passing batons every chance I can get in order to become a better leader)
So this is what i know:
- Hebrews 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
- Hebrews 10:35-36: So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised
- Isaiah 40:29-31: He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint
no being held back. I need to allow God to give me the patient endurance I need to accomplish what He has called me to do…and when I feel like I can’t do it; like this thing He has called me to is much too difficult, (the truth is that it IS too difficult for ME to handle on my own) I can remember that HE will give me the strength that I need.
now let’s see what else I can learn!
…time to run
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking froward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12-14