Run the race?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it important to become aware of God’s care for us in even the smallest ways so that we may have abundant joy? When surrounded by disappointment and sin is there anything we can do?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?

Whatever! It’s become a sort of iconic phrase in our society these days. I guess it’s kind of a “catch-all” phrase when we’re too busy to get into the details. I got involved in conversation recently with a store clerk when I discovered that the wood screw I was looking for was out-of-stock. It was the only screw I could use and really needed that screw. I began to describe how I was going to use that little screw when suddenly I saw her eyes glaze over with that “whatever” look. I knew that I had outstayed my welcome in that hardware isle.

When it comes to our worries and cares, I often wonder if God is just waiting for us to get to the point sometimes. Sure, His eyes don’t glaze over; but, perhaps, He would like us to move on sometimes.

Here’s a story: When Barbara Johnson discovered that her son Larry was homosexual, angry words were exchanged and her son left home, eventually changing his name, disowning the family, and disappearing into a gay lifestyle. She had already lost one son in Vietnam, and another in a drunk-driving accident; “I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest.” She said. “I didn’t think there was any way I could possibly get through all the losses. It’s a monstrous myth that faith in God is an insurance policy against the blows of life. Tragedies happen every day and Christians are not immune. Barbara climbed in the car one day with suicide on her mind. “I couldn’t believe I had reached that point. ‘Lord,’ I said, ‘I can’t handle this anymore. If Larry never comes home again, whatever happens, I’m giving my son to You.’ “When I said, ‘Whatever, Lord,’ I felt a complete sense of relief; from then on the Lord gave me joy.” (Callaway, Phil. Laughing Matters.)

When we relinquish our burdens to God, He offers us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of life. Not always in a limo sometimes in a pickup truck, a bicycle, or even a wheelchair. No matter. The important thing is to become aware of God’s care for us in even the smallest ways so that we may have abundant joy. The Bible tells us that when we are surrounded by disappointment and sin there’s only one thing to do– “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1) Letting go of the hurt and disappointment lightens the load and makes that race a whole lot easier.

We pray. Heavenly Father. Help us to relinquish our burdens to You, and give us joy and growth as we travel over the bumps and washouts of life. We know that it will not always be a trip in a limo, and sometimes it may be a pickup truck, a bicycle, or even a wheelchair. The important thing is to become aware of Your care for us in even the smallest ways so that we may have abundant joy. Thank you for telling us that when we are surrounded by disappointment and sin there’s only one thing to do– “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1) Help us to let go of the hurt and disappointment in our lives so the You can lighten the load and makes that race a whole lot easier. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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