I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.
When athletes quit an exercise test in exhaustion, their muscles usually remain physically capable of continuing. It’s the mind overwhelmed with suffering that often precipitates a decision to stop. When trying to achieve our life’s goals our own thoughts can stop us quick. Too many “what-ifs” alone can keep us from moving forward. Try not to get overwhelmed. Stay in the moment. Take one step at a time and before you know it – FINISH LINE!
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
You’re in the desert mountains dying of thirst – no water in site. Fortunately, you come across a well with a note that says, “Pump works – needs priming. Under the rock, there’s a jar of water; just enough to prime the pump, but not if you drink any first. When finished, please fill the jar and put it back for the next person”.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get (thanks, Forrest Gump). As we make life choices we often end up with something different than expected. But don’t let the fear of not getting exactly what you want, keep you from setting goals, dreaming dreams and making a difference. Trust in the work God does that you can’t see. He is working for your good and He is for you!
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
I was eleven. Uncle Tim and I stood in the church hall as the last of the Sunday school kids sat down. “Say nephew”, he said. “When will you sing that song for us?” “Someday”, I replied. He smiled. “You know, someday never comes. How about now?” I sang the song. Carl Sandburg said, “Yesterday is done. Tomorrow never comes. Today is here”. There really is no better time than the present … How about now?
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
Fred had never done a screen test. Before he knew it, the shoot was over and an unimpressed director was speaking. “I’m sorry”, he said, “but you can’t act, you can’t sing and you can barely dance”. Those words, while disappointing, didn’t stop Mr. Astaire from becoming one of the most famous dancer/singers in history. People mean well, but don’t allow one little opinion to rob the world of your brilliance. Follow your heart.
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”
The famous actor, Anthony Hopkins, once explained, “If we have the vision to do something and can see it in our mind’s eye, then the moving parts to make it reality have already been set in motion. We simply have to catch up.” Our dreams and ambitions are much more than electrical impulses jumping between synapses. They are the foundation of everything outside of us, tangible and intangible. Converse with God. On your mark – run!
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“Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
You have a dream. Scared, apprehensive, even doubtful, you go for it. You stretch yourself beyond what you thought you were ever capable of. You run faster. You lift more than you’ve ever lifted. And then you fall short, stopped dead in your tracks; dream unfulfilled. Remember; The greatest good meets with the greatest adversity. Get back up. Step out in faith. Trust God for the details and reach for the goal. Ready, set, go!
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But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
Unbearable – not the beatings He took; or the climb to Golgotha; or a nail piercing through His hands; or a spike driven through his ankles; or hanging on a cross in excruciating pain; or mockers taunting and laughing at Him for not calling on all of heaven for a rescue – none of this was unbearable. But my sin that put Him there – this is what broke Him. And now … by His stripes .. I am healed.
——— Bob sat across the dinner table from me; newspaper covering all but the top of his forehead. He read aloud … “Worship leader wanted. Scottsdale Bible Church, Arizona.” Lowering the paper he said something that I will NEVER EVER forget. “You can do that”. Just one simple phrase launched my worship ministry career of, now, more than 30 years. What we say really DOES have the power to change lives. Affirm someone close to you today.
Isaiah 55:12 For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.
It’s rare that we understand what God’s tomorrow for us looks like. Even when we catch only the fringes of His ways, hear only His small whispers and can’t understand Him, He is the best! And when He seems to have withdrawn from us, He still promises that “we will go out with joy and be led forth with peace” Be encouraged. God is for you and all of creation is shouting: “He is faithful!”