Life. How do we measure up? Do we go about our business and not care what others think? Do we compare ourselves with others? Do we justify our circumstances with what we’ve done or not done?
Think about your mode of travel through life as you listen to the music the Lord laid on my heart.
The Lord gave me this music to play, and is yours to bless your ears and heart.
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I was recently at a school district-wide 5th grade track meet. It was the first taste of such a thing for most of the 5th graders. As I looked around, a few things struck me. As each child reported to the events they sign up for, they were excited. Some more than others. In the field events, each child had an air of, “I’ll do the best I can.” In the running events, the participants kept looking at each other, then down the track, seemingly saying, “I don’t know how I’ll do against them, but I'd like to win.”
In the running races, I was struck by how some kids ran with their eyes on the finish line, their faces etched with determination. Some kids kept looking at the other lanes to see where they were in the race. Some of them gave up any hope of winning, or doing better if they got off to an unfavorable start. Some were determined to make up for a slow start. The kids that had their eyes on the finish line actually gained in speed as they approached it. The kids that kept checking the other lanes to compare their performance, slowed down.
As I talked with some of the 5th graders, some of them were hungry most of the time, and ate accordingly. Some were worried about eating and running, and as a consequence weren’t going to eat anything. I told each of the kids I talked to that pacing and timing were good strategies. If you eat too much, you wind up feeling bloated and can’t perform very well. If you don’t eat enough, your body doesn’t get the energy it needs to perform, so your performance suffers as well.
Our journey through life mirrors what I observed at the track meet. The end of our lives is a mystery to us, and we all start out with a certain amount of excitement. We don’t know exactly how we’ll finish our lives. The circumstances that come to us, both peaceful and painful, are brought to us to perfect us in the likeness of Jesus. It’s so easy to compare ourselves to people we know or have heard about. When we compare ourselves to others, it slows us down through distraction. Jesus calls us to fix our eyes on Him, our strengthener and perfecter, with perseverance.
When we fill ourselves with too much worldly wanting or spiritual food, and don’t share with others or pace ourselves, we become bloated and can’t be effective in the plans God has for us. When we don’t get enough spiritual food, we don’t have the energy or hope to get through our bumps in life.
It always helps to have a cheering section. The 5th graders were loud and enthusiastic in their encouragement of one another. We have the same thing in heaven. In Hebrews 12:1, it states that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Those witnesses are believers from ages past who have lived life here on earth, and know what we’re going through. They are cheering us on... those witnesses include some of the great people from the old and new testaments!
Until next time...
As we journey through life, and when our journey is through, we are cheered on to keep our eyes on the finish line. That finish line is Jesus. I bless you to have the faith that sees our Lord, who is not visible with our worldly eyes, to fix your eyes on Jesus. I bless you to wear His crown of victory over all of your life circumstances.
Pray the following scriptures aloud. This will bless you and others. These scriptures will help you keep your eyes on the finish line... Jesus!
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
1 Corinthians 15:57
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Holly Van Gilder