Hello! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday so far. It has been a busy couple of weeks around here lately, and time has really flown! I can’t believe we are already at the end of March…craziness I tell you. Last weekend the temperatures were in the low 80’s, so James and I met up with some friends in Grapevine to walk around the historic downtown area. We had a great time poking into all the little shops, and were even able to watch a ‘glass blowing’ demonstration [a really cool form of art where the artists actually sculpt hot glass by blowing into it and molding it into different shapes—very neat]. On Sunday James’ sister was in town on her way back from a missions trip, so we were able to spend the afternoon catching up with her. It was so great to see her! Overall I am enjoying Texas, but I definitely miss being close to our families.
In other news—last week I found out that I am going to be starting a new job this coming Monday! I have loved working at Starbucks, but I will be moving on to something that is a bit closer to my chosen career path—I am going to be working in the marketing department at Daystar Television Network! I’m a little nervous to start, but also very excited! But don’t worry—I’m not going anywhere. I am still going to be posting regularly here on the blog, and am still going to be making some improvements in the very near future—so stay tuned!
Anyways, let me share with you something I read this morning from 1 Corinthians…
“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
1 Corinthians 9:24
I love this verse because of the reminder that accompanies it. So often I feel as though I’m not truly living my life—that I am merely a spectator sitting on the sidelines, watching myself move through the various obstacles and challenges along the way. I feel like I could be doing so much more—I should be doing so much more—that I’m not quite giving it my all. Maybe it’s because I’ve tried giving it my all in the past, but ended up wounded or hurt somewhere along the way. Maybe I find it hard to truly trust those around me because I’ve been burned in the past. Maybe I just don’t feel like giving it my all will make any difference in the long run. Can you relate?
But, Paul says that we must give it our all, 100% of the time. We must live our lives like runners who aren’t just there for a training run, but are in it to win it. Full throttle, all out, all the time. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but we need to be prepared to face whatever challenges might stand in our way. We need to be training and building ourselves up spiritually through prayer, scriptures and worship just as runners must diligently train to win a race. It doesn’t just happen over night—it’s something that we must constantly be working towards. Don’t be afraid to give life everything you’ve got, running your race to win it, because in the end all that extra effort will be worth it.
Hope you all are having a great day so far—God Bless!