God is definitely at work in my life right this second. While doing my bible study this morning, I “stumbled over” an old entry in my journal. It’s all about getting started and pushing through.
It relates to Paul and his many comparisons about athletes.
1. You have to practice – consistently – even if you don’t FEEL like it.
2. You have to prepare – know the rules and basics of the game.
3. You have to study – know the way the other team plays so you are ready to respond.
4. You have to go beyond – push yourself each day just beyond where you were yesterday – it’s the only way to get better.
Sifting through some sites I’ve been visiting, I found a devotional that backs up what Paul tells us.
Clue #1 tells us to lay aside everything that would hinder us and those sins that tend to entangle us. Are there things we are hanging onto with all our mights that we just can’t or don’t want to give up. Yet deep down we know it’s slowing us down in our Christian walk? God tells us to throw it off. And He is there to help us do it.
Clue #2 tells us to run with perseverance. Don’t give up. Keep going. Run with everything you’ve got right to the end. Even when you might get distracted or trip or actually fall down, allow God to pick you, forgive you, brush you off and then get right back in the race.
Clue #3 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus. To fix your eyes on something means you don’t take your eyes off of it. You don’t look around, you don’t look down. You keep your eyes on Jesus, who is the author and the one perfecting your faith in you.
Clue #4 tells us to consider Him and that He endured great opposition. Are you discouraged, beaten down, facing opposition all around? Consider the opposition that Christ endured. Allow the Lord to encourage you and lift you up, so that will not grow weary or lose heart."
I know I can do this. I can say no to food, when I know I’m not hungry and I just want to eat. I can do the laundry, when I just want to sit and watch television. I can get up with the baby, when I want to lie in bed and make my husband do it instead.
I can do these things because the Giver of all things is alive in me.