Run the Race Set Before You
Do you ever wake up and just feel out of whack? Webster’s dictionary defines “out of whack” as, well – it wasn’t in there, but the word “unbalanced” was: and . . . well, you get the gist. We go to work, to school, do laundry, pay the bills, pay the piper and our list never quiet gets done. It’s a cycle of sorts, and for the person who likes to see the list complete, done, never to return again, it’s a barrel of disappointment.
Life is a cycle. It ebbs and flows. There’s highs and lows, kids with good and bad phases, jobs that “Rock” today and “Stink” tomorrow. Football teams that win big and lose big and this . . . Well, this is Life!
But if we understand this process in life, we’ll understand that when we’re in the Valley, the pain and character we gain from this experience will allow the next train stop to be on the Mountain. And when we’re on the Mountain, enjoy its beauty. There is much to learn from all areas of life. Life is a journey. The end of the journey is just that, the end. Usually the planning (all the stuff in the middle – much like a jelly filled donut) is the most exciting part. Life is not a straight a line with easy answers, but more like a curve chart of “the answer could be this, but it may be that.”
Of course, no one said you have to enjoy the low points: the boss that’s a jerk, crazy employees, sick kids, unanswered prayers and lack of appreciation for those who make sure you have clean underwear, but know that it will get better. It’s the cycle of life.
Hebrews 12:1 says: Since we are surrounded by witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders or entangles, and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
(Translation: Start running and never quit)!