I was supposed to have this post published by noon on Monday, but I got so busy and tired that it has taken a few days to complete. Of late, I have really enjoyed listening to a homemaking podcast by Jamie Belmont. Though her talks are for wives and mothers, almost every one of them can be applied to single woman as well. She directs her listeners to the Lord and Him alone. But what inspires me most about her podcasts is that she talks on areas she herself is struggling. From now on, my goal is to write posts in areas I am presently working on and studying about, so we can learn together.
This week’s post is on choosing to Give Up or Go On. For the last month or so I have been challenged in my running. I’ve hit a mental plateau so much that I want to quit running altogether. I am part of an online running group and posted a question asking about this area. Many of the other runners gave me tips and encouragement, but it wasn’t them who gave me the answer to my dilemma.
In the past I had heard about how, many people will begin running, but only some of them will keep running. Why? Because, when you fall in love with running you don’t just agree to have only good days. You must also fall in love with the suffering, pain and hardship that comes along with it. Jogging is slow and a lot less demanding. Walking is even easier. But running? That’s a different story.
Running the Christian life, I went through a time a few years ago wondering if it was all worth it. Overtime God proved that it is. When you “sign up” to be a Christian, you don’t agree to good days only, you also agree to much suffering, pain and hardships. But in the end it will be worth it.
I can’t wait till the day I look back on my previous running years and be like, “Wow, I went from not even being able to do a comfortable 10k and now I’m signing up for my first marathon!” In the Christian life, I can’t wait for the day when Jesus tells me, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!” What a day that will be when we all get to heaven!
But in the mean time I purpose to keep moving forward and to not give up! But, as Jesus reminded me a few days ago, we must run on God’s grace, not on our own strength. It’s when we are weak that we realize how strong He is! Keep on keeping on!