How to run the race before you

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All of us at one point in our lives find ourselves running a race, whether we recognize it or not.

Races are different for each and every one of us.  For some it may be just getting through the week, month or year.  Other races could involve finishing a course, obtaining a  promotion, a work contract, or crossing something off your bucket list.

As a young child I never had any dreams.  They were not spoken of in the home, neither were goals, travels or college.  I don´t blame my parents, they only taught us what they knew.

As I began dreaming of doing something different with my life, I found myself in a continual race.  I put myself there, on purpose.   This race is different because it involves Christ in me.  In order for me to run this race, I had to allow God to mold and shape me, so that I can run my race more effectively.

My goals, dreams and aspiration of learning, growing, reading and writing will never stop.  I had to learn to rid myself of things that get in the way. Not just sin, but distractions and deception.  I run my race with determination, because it lies before me.

It was up to me to allow Him to do that.  I had to leave the old behind to receive the new.  Mindsets are difficult to leave behind.    I had to learn to trust and obey.  The result was maturity, healing, growth and a desire to learn and do more.

The fear of running my race no longer exist, I won´t allow it to get the best of me.

Hebrews 12:1  As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

What is your race?  What is your goal, what is your passion, and what is your why? Do you dare to allow God to work in and through you to make your dreams a reality?  It´s ok to trust and let go.  It works!

Once you are able to answer those questions, your race will be a joy to run.

Are you in love?

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In Reading John Bevere’s book, Good or God, there is a section where he talks about his love for Jesus.  He compares it with dating, where all you do is think about the person you love, all day, every day.

I am sure we have seen couples where all they do is hold hands and look into each other’s eyes.   You can’t pry them apart. They  spend all day with each other, and if that was not enough, they spend the evening talking on the phone.

That is the love John Bevere talks about that we should have with Jesus, continually, every day, ALL. THE. TIME.

So I had to ask myself:  Do I have that type of love for Jesus?  Do I think about what it was like for Him to be hanging on the cross while I was still a sinner, the pain and humiliation He endured for me?  Do I imagine what it must have been like for Him to carry the entire weight of sin on the cross, because of His love for mankind?

Somewhere along the way, the honeymoon turned into a routine.  I pray, read the Bible, pray for others,  go to church,  thank the Lord and start all over again.

Col 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.   Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth

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So where is my mind?

Is my mind on the doing the work of the ministry, or the One that gave me the ministry?

What do we seek?

Do I seek recognition, acknowledgement, or an intimate relationship with Jesus?

I don’t want my love for Jesus to be a routine, where it can get bored and I lose interest.  I want that spice back, to fall in love with Jesus all over again.    I want to set my mind on things above, Jesus, and His love and goodness for me.

As I started to purposely think about Jesus, especially before going to sleep, I noticed a change taking place.  Jesus began to fill my thoughts, not my to do list and worries.

This is certain:   The more I meditate on Jesus and His goodness, the more I fall in love with Him all over again.

Try to purposely think about Jesus and His love for you, and He will invade your heart all over again.