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Monday, February 24, 2014

Run with endurance

How are you?

My most recent statement of any frequency in answer to "How are you?" has been, "Except for not being able to see or hear ... except for what's wrong with me, I'm fine." 

Thinking about it, it sounds funny.  I imagine all of us have same or similar reasoning. 

A retired chiropractor who attended our church many years before his death always used to say in response, "Better." 

Whatever the state of yourself, if we occupy our minds on God and less on ourselves, the race to how we are can become "much better" - good or wonderful or great. 

Our endurance will be up - we won't stumble or fall because our eyes are fixed on Him.

Be on guard

Be on guard
don't be drawn into the trap of self-pity

It is easy to do
Our weariness over issues we face --
financial, marital, health, death 

We think about these issues that traumatize us
and then we feel sorry for ourselves.

Feeling sorry for the messes we have brings on doom and gloom. Even when things improve, we remain distraught. 

We have lost sight of hope. 

God tells us how to protect ourselves.

When we occupy our minds on God -- His goodness, His grace, His love, His power, His strength  -- when we read and meditate/think on His Word, we will be drawn away from those things that erode our thinking and our living life to the fullest. 

When we look to God for everything, we find hope, we see hope, for He is our hope.

"...Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." ~ Hebrews 12:1-2a 

(c) Cathy Orrick Luders
     2.23.2014 / 2.24.2014

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