It has been far too long since the last time I wrote an entry for this blog. It’s been far too long since I exercised regularly. It’s been far too long since I’ve…(INSERT INTENDED COMMITMENT REQUIRING DISCIPLINE AND FORTITUDE HERE:_____________).
I just heard a tremendous story of a lady who stayed committed to running for two years straight at least. A woman who did not settle for a life she could do something about changing. And with many strides she propelled herself forward day, after day, after day, after day…..NO MATTER what anyone thought of her and NO MATTER the weather. She didn’t stop. She ran.
Do we stop? Is it because of what others think? Is it because the weather is uncomfortable? What keeps us from propelling forward to reach life goals?
This tenacious woman kept on, and 2 years later, she was a woman transformed. It was evident from the outside. It was evident from the smile on her face. No longer propelling forward, this lady was SOARING.
I admire this kind of commitment so much. It’s not as much the success of the story, but the full-out determination of the committed that really inspires me. I am fully amazed by those who risk themselves and forsake their comfort to reach their goals.
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
May we look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith to be our ultimate inspiration, example, standard, motivator…..He didn’t give up, He faced opposition….He faced ‘weather’ that was most uncomfortable, to put it mildly, and He did it so you and I could have LIFE. May my heart and yours remember this. May we trust Jesus with every stride as we propel forward with Him, knowing that one day, if we throw off everything that hinders us and persevere, we will SOAR. In Jesus’ name. Oh HOW GREAT THOU ART!!