Monday, October 17, 2011

It's a marathon...

This weekend the city of Dallas hosted their annual Race for the Cure. The news reported thousands of women, and some men, donning their pink outfits and gathering at the starting line. Some are cancer survivors, others have lost loved ones with the disease. Everyone is determined to raise millions of dollars for continued cancer research.

I am not a runner but I have great respect for those who are. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to condition your body to go the distance. Countless hours of training and striving for a little more: more distance, more speed, more strength. Learning to pace yourself to endure the whole race instead of running fast and burning out.

Our journey of faith is the same way. Our walk with God is a marathon, not a sprint. When we become believers we're so on fire for God that we want to take on the world. We can do too much and quickly become overloaded and overwhelmed. We need the patience and the perseverance to go the distance as well. Countless hours of 'training' will produce more distance, more speed and even more strength.

More distance

The more we condition ourselves to walk with God, the further we'll go with Him. Giving God our day first thing in the morning allows Him to balance our 'have tos' with His 'want tos'. He's able to use us throughout our day in ways we wouldn't have imagined. The glories He will show are truly inspiring.

More speed

I don't mean things will come to us faster. When we are allowing God to train us in His ways, He can accomplish His will more quickly. Each time we are used in His plan for His glory, we grow a little deeper with Him. Soon we allow Him to use us with no questions asked. He gets the glory and we're on the fast track to a more obedient life.

More strength

On the journey of faith, we'll hit a lot of bumps in the road. Illness, loss of jobs, loss of loved ones... it's a really bumpy road! But take heart, God is leading us through it. When we stumble and fall, God encourages our spirit and prompts us to get back up and try again. Our failure is not the end of our faith journey. With every bump we hit and every scratch and bruise we receive, we are learning to persevere. The longer we walk with Him, the more we begin to understand the journey.

Are you ready for the journey? Have you been sitting on the side of the road, tired from falling down over and over again? Or are you already in the full swing of training, allowing God to use your time and talents for His plan? Either way, we're on this road together. Let's lace up our shoes and starting walking in faith!

Be blessed,


Jennifer

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2


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