Hebrews 12:2-3 “looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.”
Many people ask how I can get up every morning and do a quiet time. They tell me they could never do that.
I remember when I began my quiet times my kids still took naps so I could do it in the afternoon – that was great. Once naps stopped happening I had to find a time when I could fit my quiet time in and it fit the easiest in the early morning. I could never have done this on my own; it is through the strength and encouragement of the Lord that I continue this discipline.
Several months ago I began receiving nudges to start jogging. I never liked running and so I ignored the first several nudges. The Lord is persistent though so nudges continued and opportunities opened up; the path simply unfolded before me and the nudges continued. When I started I knew I would never succeed. I told my friends and the Lord that I could not do this. I have received guidance and encouragement on every level and slowly but surely I have pressed on. There are still days when I have to talk myself through it; remembering this is a practice in discipline if nothing else.
I cannot help but to see the parallels in the physical training and the spiritual training I have been doing. They each take a call. Each one takes a response and they also require perseverance and drive. I tell you all, these things do not come from me. They come from the Lord. As I prepare to jog my first 5K in a couple of weeks I give thanks and praise to the Lord and I continue on in my training.
You inspire me, you strengthen me, and you encourage me. Thank you for pushing me beyond what I thought I could do in so many ways. You gave all for me; I give all I can back to you. May my life glorify your holy name. Amen.