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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.

 

 

 

Shining Moments

In a world of big sunflowers

    one little violet has just as much worth.

Years ago I lived in the country

   where there were acres to walk. Plenty of grass to mow.

   Leaves to pile in the fall.

      and millions of violets covering the lawn in the summer.

I remember stooping down and drinking in their delicate beauty.

  laying down in the violets looking up into the big sky.

The smallness I felt only heightened my awareness of God’s greatness.

When I am small

   He shows Himself greater than all.

It is easy to feel invisible,

                             forgotten

                                even discarded

in our world where beauty, money and position count.

There is a pervading sense of unworthiness among many.

I remember grabbing a $10 bill from my purse

   and asking my girls, “How much is this?”

“$10,” they’d say together.

Then I’d crumbled it,

                   step on  it,

                      even cover it with dirt

          and then hold up the bill again saying,

“What’s it worth now?”

They’d look at it and then back at me

   “$10!”

“Right,” I’d say. “It doesn’t matter how much you are beaten down,

      Mistreated or ignored,

          your value is still great. That doesn’t change.”

Created in love,

   made in the image of God,

       born with value and a purpose.

 Touched by His Greatness you are just as important as another.

Sunflowers or violets

   they all serve their Creator.

Today

   remember who you are

     and live the life Hs has given you with all you’ve got.

How I wish for one more afternoon when I could lay again

   surrounded by all those beautiful violets

  but if I can’t the memory shines brightly for me

  reminding me

  to be who  you are

  to be the best you can be

  to never think you are less.

No, in your Father’s eyes you are loved with an everlasting Love

   and underneath are the everlasting arms. (Deut 33:27)

Precious truths, don’t you think?

Shining Moments

You’re worth it!

Absolutely. No question about it.

Your value is beyond my ability language

      There was a time when I showed that to my sweet daughter.

She was about 4 at the time.

    Cute.

      Very sensitive.

          Creative.

One afternoon she worked hard making me a necklace.

I was touched when she gave it to me.

   String. Plastic letters on it saying ‘I Love Mommy’.

   Heart touching.

Immediately I went to put it on.

A bit tight as it went over my head

    but it fit.

Her eyes glowed as she looked at my wearing her newest creation.

Later when I turned to go into work

    she noticed the necklace

        still hanging around my neck.

“You still have on that necklace, Mommy,” she giggled.

  I must have looked funny.

“I certainly do and I will enjoy having it on all afternoon,”

       I said giving her a hug.

“Uh but what will people say?” she wondered.

Her worried eyes met mine.

“Well, I don’t know,

     guess they will think I have a special daughter.”

I wore that precious necklace with pride that afternoon

  and although some smiled

  that didn’t matter.

No, my daughter was worth it.

The love and time she put into the simple necklace meant everything to me.

That’s how God sees us.

We are worth it.

Lovingly He created us.

    Lovingly He watches over us.

       He takes joy in our creations and tenderly cherishes our simple efforts.

“You, my child,

       are worth it,” He whispers.

“That’s why I sent my Son to die for you!”

Today

    Tomorrow

         and every tomorrow

              you are worth it.

Thank you, Father, for your incredible Love.