Today, a friend of mine called me from Europe.
He and another friend are backpacking the continent right; so as you can imagine, they’ve been doing a lot of walking.
I should preface: my friend has a bulging disc, which from time to time causes him biting pain.
So, I asked the obvious, “How’s your back feeling?”
“It feels really good,” he said.
I was shocked.
“Really? How is it possible that your back, which has a bulging disc, feels good after climbing up a steep mountain yesterday, carrying three months’ worth of supplies in your backpack and sleeping under a boulder for the night?”
“The doctor we stayed with a few weeks ago told me that moving around is the best thing I can do for my pain. He said sitting still will only make it worse, and that walking is the best thing for me.”
So it is with just about anything in life.
Difficulties, anxious thoughts, fears, sadness, discontentment, anger–all of these things have great pain-causing potential–but only if we choose to sit still and allow its potential to be reached.
For the sake of sanity, comfort, health and joy, we have to keep walking.
Then, after walking long enough, our newly strengthened bodies will begin jogging; and before we realize it, effortless strides toward life and victory will send us flying to the front of the race.
This race is the most important one you and I will ever run, so we must devote ourselves to training.
Let’s train our minds to focus only on the finish line.
Let’s train our eyes not to look at the sea of people on the sidelines, holding attractive neon posters competing for our attention.
Let’s choose to pace ourselves with His voice.
Let’s daily resolve to seek only God’s face–the One who holds our medals for the award ceremony.
We can’t let worry’s hurdles trip us up.
Worrying about loved ones and our future and school and bills is normal; but remember, worrying won’t do anything but get in the way.
Seek God. Run faster with the intention of knowing Him better.
When we seek Him, He’ll boost our energy.
He’ll change our attitude.
He’ll stabilize our thoughts.
Our core will be strengthened.
He will set straight the path. He will give us knowledge and wisdom and understanding, so long as we keep seeking Him.
So, we must not worry about tomorrow and the decisions we think we have to make right now.
We have just to keep on moving toward Him, and when He sees fit, He will show us; He will speak to us; and in those moments in between, we can take heart and be encouraged for He is always guiding us.
“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7