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Running To Win

They couldn’t believe it.

He was not expected to win.

His style was ridiculed. His arms flailed widely, his head way back.

But on that day on July 12, 1924 Eric Liddell astonished the crowd by winning

the 400 m  race.

When asked where the power came from

Eric quietly directed folks to the One and Only One.

“God honors those who honor Him,” he said. I Samuel 2:30.

Astonishing. Amazing. Beyond human understanding.

It is still true today.

When we put the Lord first in our lives and honor Him

He blesses us.

Unexplainable but unquestionably blesses us.

Shortly afterwards Liddell went to China and spent the rest of his life teaching there.

Turned his back on the fame and popularity.

“A fellow’s life counts for far more at this than the other,” he responded when asked about his decision.

Liddell was at peace.

So different from our world of striving and medals and fame.

But could it be that he left us a reminder – almost a warning.

You can have all this world offers but there is something that matters far more.

It makes me wonder about my own life. And yours.

Are we truly focused on what counts the most?

Choosing the best over the good.

That’s what it boils right down to, isn’t it?

Living our life with our eyes on eternity. Going for the goal of a life surrendered to Him.

Eric Liddell’s faith was paramount in his life.

It guided him and gave him light in the dark of distractions and confusion.

What is the most important in your life?

How is that giving you direction and focus?

Above all, hold on to what will never fade.

Let’s focus on our goal in life and then run with strength.

Life is shorter than we think –

Living an amazing life can be yours.

 

 

 

What Is That To You?

Life races on. One day after another.

Family. Work. Faith. Juggling and more juggling.

Winter. Spring….

Glorious Spring.

Patience. Peace…

Uh peace?

Was I really at peace?

It is so easy to get overwhelmed by technology. At least for me.

Checking this. Adding that. Commenting here. Reposting that.

All the while aware

without even wanting to know

what so many others are doing.

Beaches. Cruises. Books. Families. Weddings. Graduations. And on and on.

When suddenly  a strange feeling like a thick blanket comes over me.

Why? Yes why?

Crazy as it seems the constant awareness of what others are doing

instead of giving joy brings weariness and the beginnings of discouragement.

Lord, you know all that is going on.

Like pulling out of an ocean of sticky molasses

I reach for His Hand  and hear His gentle whisper.

“What is that to you?”

Suddenly the busyness stops. The noise quiets. And my heart beats slower.

Yes, what is it to me?

His Call to me is unique.

His Love to follow is personal.

His purpose for my life is chosen just for me.

So what is it to me? To us?

Quiet the noise and keep our eyes on the One Who called us.

Be intentional. Refuse to get distracted.

And remember

What is that to you?

You follow Me.

 

april 15

The Key To Unbelievable Change

It was many years ago but I still can see her twinkly eyes and radiant face as she spoke to me that day.

The change in her was absolutely remarkable. But let me tell you her story.

Her life had always been tough.

Children to raise. Sick husband. Mounting bills.

Life.

I happened to see her at the library and noticed the lines of care on her face,

the downcast look, the stooped shoulders. She looked much older than her years.

We talked back and forth – I listened to her hard hear but much harder to live story.

Before we parted I mentioned that I would be praying for her.

Just that.

So simple.

I would pray.

As I went about my days for weeks and months after,

I prayed –

asking the Lord to strengthen her and give her more support.

Every time she came to my mind I prayed.

Six months or more passed.

Then one day I ran into her.

A God moment you could call it.

There she stood before me. Tall, sparkling eyes, colorful outfit.

For a few minutes I didn’t know what to say. The change was that remarkable.

But I can still her hear voice as she spoke to me that day.

“It was my focus. I needed to get my focus right.”

Nothing really was any different

but she was.

“I began to see that I had been spending all my time focusing on my problems.

Instead I began to focus on my Lord and His faithfulness.”

There was more to our conversation that day that time does not permit me to share

but I find myself smiling as I write this.

Our God promises to renew us every day –

to give us strength for the journey

and always hope.

This woman had refocused herself and was now alive. Oh I’m sure that as she refocused she began to gain support and see more options.

So that now she was fully alive and growing stronger.

Answered prayer.

God’s faithfulness.

Everything changes.

Staying young and fruitful. Possible.

Yes.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; Psalm 92:12beauty