July 8, 2012
Have you ever wanted to just give up? Or maybe just quit early? The last 2 laps aren’t that important anyway are they? There’s always some kind of excuse you can come up with. It’s too hot. It’s too early. I’m sweating. (And I don’t like to sweat.)
If you haven’t picked up on it yet – I was running this morning and decided to sit down for a rest, 2 laps short of my goal. And I said to myself, “I’m done. I’ll just rest now.” But then the song “I Don’t Want To Go Through the Motions” came on. And I started thinking how much this song applies to me right now. Am I just getting through the days now? Am I allowing His all-consuming passion to overtake me? Or am I praying for the days to go fast? Am I really letting Him love through me? Or am I only tolerating these people because I have to? Am I giving my all for the duration of my time here? Or am I only giving half? Quitting early?
All this came to me because I was thinking of not finishing my run. But I started thinking – if I will give up with only 6 minutes left to run – what else will I give up on? Am I going to be lazy in life like I was in my workout?
Discipline. Goals. These are 2 words I’ve never added to my vocabulary until now. And they are 2 very important words.
So I let the song play out and I got up to finish my run. And of course my favorite song to run to came on – “God’s Not Dead” by the Newsboys. That was my confirmation from God that I got the message.
“I will run with perseverance the race marked out for me.” (Hebrews 12:1)
This is not only the race to finish my physical goals – but the race of life. I can’t give up. I won’t give up. And when I think I’m only going through the motions – I will “fix my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my faith.” (v.2) He will renew my faith and reestablish my purpose so I will “not grow weary and lose heart.” (v.3)