You know, the hustle and bustle of everyday life can be very fast at times for all of us. Many times I find myself up and out of the house in such a hurry, that I forget to simply sit down, and have a time of quiet, personal devotion with the Lord. Yep, I'm quite sure you have as well, so see, we have some commond ground from which to speak today!
I have never been much of one to "blog", but I have realized that electronic social media is a tremendous way to reach out to folks that I would not otherwise come into contact with. SIDE NOTE: If a person that talks too much is said to "blab", I wonder what it's called when you "blog" too much..."blob"?? Just a thought... NEway, this morning was one of those mornings where I really wanted to get off to a good start, and take control of the day! See, my days are usually full, but more often than not, I find there are several unfinsihed things at the end of the day because I haven't remained focused on the primary goals of the day. Yes, I know, it is an issue for me, but still... So, I thought I am going to start off in my devotion, rather than having to catch up later this morning. I sat down with a current copy of "Our Daily Bread", which is a very popular devotional booklet that you can pick up for free most anywhere. We have them at the church every month, but I seldom use them. Today though, the ODB seemed to reach out to me, so I reached out and picked it up.
Over the past couple of weeks, I have found myself in need of some encouragement in many areas of my life, ministry and personal. This morning, I was fed exactly what I needed, and exactly when I needed it too! That's the way God works folks. In HIS time, not ours. I could have easily have allowed my frustrations to run out of control over the past few months, weeks, and days. It would have been really easy, and I am sure I could have been convinced (by my self and others ever so eager to help) that I was totally justified in whatever action I may have taken! But with the Lord's help, I was able to fend off the repeated, almost daily temptations, to supposedly "take control", and simply allow Him to steer. "Faithful to the Finish" was the title, and it spoke of a runner in the UK who had cheated by riding a bus to an area near the finish line, and then pretended to run across, just as if he had ran the entire race. When the runner was questioned by race officials, he stated that he had stopped running, simply because "he was tired". The devotion passage went on to talk about how we could relate to this runner's exhaustion, as we run the race of the Christian faith. I CAN RELATE, and I am sure you can as well, right!? We are reminded to remain focused on Christ, to prevent weariness and discouragement in our souls! When we pay more attention to Him than to our struggles, we WILL notice Him running alongside us, and supporting when we stumble, and encouraging us with His example! Hebrews 12:1 says "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." In other words, don't simply stop runing when you get tired! Don't take a bus to the finish line! DON'T QUIT! In practical terms, this says: Remain faithful to church, not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, not forgetting to tithe as you should, serving where you can, responding when the Lord calls you, doing what He says do, going where He says go, saying what He says say, and simply remaining faithful to Him! The types of faith that God expects, from Sunday morning's message, are: 1. SINCERE 2. ACTIVE 3. ENDURING 4. HONEST 5. IMITATED. If we can master that, wow! I texted that out this morning, and to my suprise, I wasn;t the only one struggling with weakness and discouragement today! My prayer is that this will touch others as well, and continue to encourage them, as it has me! Thank you, Jennifer Benson Schuldt, for remind me that "We CAN finish strong, when we focus on Christ!" God bless you all the more today! PW