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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

Even Though

I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in the small room in Kiev.

Surrounded by many  baby girl things. Little pink overalls. A matching pink sweater.

Tiny pink shoes.  Delicate socks. And more….

And all I could think was “That’s it.”

After all the hard work of adoption

that was all I had.

No baby girl. Empty arms. Broken dreams.

Even though I had spent years preparing to bring her home

It all ended with sudden heartbreaking failure.

Even though…..

I was left to sort out my thoughts and to process the pain alone

before I returned to my daughter in the states.

Even though….

My mind wanders again to the prayers for healing and reconciliation

that ended in death.

Even though….

And then that sudden death.

the one that completely caught me by surprise.

I had no idea, no way of knowing.

But that ending came slamming into my life

leaving me shattered with unfulfilled hopes,  emptiness and a broken heart.

Even though….

And that time when there was no money left in the account and that bill needed to be paid.

Even though…

And that time when nothing seemed to make sense and night and day my heart beat with pain.

Even though….

Yes, even though you walk through that dark valley

He promises to be there.

For you. For me.

And even though every one misunderstands

He whispers His faithfulness and love.

And even though age gradually comes

with the changes of body, energy and abilities

He continues to give us new dreams and hopes as we place our trust in Him.

“Even though’ does not define us.

No, its something we experience giving us opportunities to lean upon the Lord.

Are you having an ‘Even though’ season?

Let Him draw you into His loving arms

right now

and fill your broken heart with peace.

Even though…

you are loved with a love that never changes

and you are never alone.jan 31 snow