Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"What would you do if you knew you could not fail?"
I am not sure who asked the question but I have heard it a few times.
What would you do?
Climb Mount Everest
Start a Business
Run a Marathon
My daughter-in-love wants to run a marathon someday. It is a goal she has set for herself. Her grandpa has ran over 30 of them. Wow!
She has not started running yet. I want to help her reach her goal. There is a park within walking distance of our apartment that is complete with running trails. She could begin there. She could set her goals now, we could make a schedule (she will need a sitter), she could begin by running short distances.
She knows she can do it. She has perfect confidence. Her grandpa has demonstrated to her that it is a possible feat! He has been a trailblazer of sorts. He has given her a gift. Not by making it look easy, but by making it look attainable.
Isn't that what we really need to be successful? A coach? Team spirit? And hey, cheerleaders are soooooo important!
Isn't that what discipleship is all about? Not necessarily making our walk with Christ look easy, but doable?
Even with all of that, we need lots and lots of grace to make it to the finish line.
" Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrews 12:1-2 the Message Bible