Hebrews 12:1-2
"...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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Running is Hard

The title of our blog came from knowing that our sole purpose in life should be running towards Love--with a capital "L".  God is Love.  God is it.  HE is our goal...our purpose. 

Hebrews 12:1-2 says,
"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.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author
and perfecter of our faith..."

Now, please keep in mind that I HATE RUNNING!  Lord knows that I have tried to love it.  I would even settle on just liking it...but I don't.  When I attempt to run, I have poor form.  I don't look like a runner.  I'm not very fast.  I don't like it too hot or too cold, windy or rainy.  I like flat roads with no hills.  If there are hills, I want to run downhill not up.  With each step I take I wonder, "how many more until I'm finished?"  Running sometimes causes me physical pain.  I often want to quit way before I reach my goal.  HOWEVER, even taking all that into consideration, I keep running.  I run because I know that it is good for me.  My lungs become healthier, my legs stronger, my mind clearer.  I feel good after I achieve a goal I have set.  When it is all said and done, even though the process was hard, I am excited and thankful that I stuck with it because I'm in better physical shape.  I achieve my goal because I keep my focus. 

My relationship with Christ is similar.  This adoption journey is a spiritual race God is calling me (us) to run (ironic that Kurt loves to run!).  God even says that I need to run with perseverance.  Perseverance means:  steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc. especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.  Yikes!  God doesn't promise a smooth road.  There will be uphill battles, obstacles, difficulties, storms and even pain.  In order to finish, I will need to focus.  God says that my eyes....my focus....have to be on Jesus.  If I fix my eyes on Him, I will be certain to finish in better spiritual condition than when I started.

God assures me that it can be done--that others have kept the faith.  The "cloud of witnesses" that is mentioned in Hebrews 12:1 refers back to the previous chapter 11 which lists men and women from days gone by who had great faith--Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Israelites, Rahab, David--just to name a few.  These people often times seemed "untouchable".  Their faith seems to set the bar at a level far above what I could ever imagine and yet,  I am encouraged.  They were men and women just like you and me.  They were not perfect BUT God was able to use them because of their willingness to believe Him.  All God wants me to do is BELIEVE HIM--to believe that He can do what He says He can do.

"And without faith it is impossible
to please God..."  Hebrews 11:6a

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Another adoptive mom likened the adoption process to that of a marathon.  I agree completely!  We have now completed Step One and are currently working on our homestudy.  We appreciate all those who have been praying for us.  God has been gracious!

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