Tomorrow I'm running the Team Loco Marathon in Conway, AR, about 45 miles from home. It starts at 5 AM, and I just got home at 9:30 tonight. After teaching all day, I worked the gate at our basketball games tonight. It's really lots of fun, but it makes for a long day, especially on the eve of a marathon. So that's why this post promises to be brief.
This morning I did my little calisthenic workout -- 20 push ups, some curls with dumbbells, and a few ab exercises -- since I wasn't going to run. I know it's not much of a workout, but I had to do something for Janathon and I had no plans to get too crazy with it. It's a pretty boring workout to post about, so I hope to make it up to you with an exciting and fantastic recap on tomorrow's race.
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. ~ Luke 2:14
Like I said, I have to get to bed so I can't spend a lot of time on tonight's post. The verse above is what stood out to me this morning while I was studying Luke, chapter 2. So it's going to be the backdrop for today's devotional.
This evening I was talking to a man whose kid had been through a lot, been in a lot of trouble, but is now working really hard to straighten up and is doing well. When I asked how things were going, he replied, "Good. It's amazing what happens when you put God first."
Earlier this week, a former student posted that he was having doubts about the existence of God. I responded to that post, and copied my response on this blog. But talking to that father tonight, made me think of that student again. This man's family had no peace until recently, until they put God first. And now that things are going well, he's giving the glory for that peace to God.
Then I thought of a church sign I once saw that read, "Know God, know peace. No God, no peace." A lot of people suffer so much and struggle so much trying to do everything without God. And though relying on God doesn't promise a worry free life, it does offer a peace, even in times of trouble, that I don't believe can be derived from anything else.
If you don't know that peace I'm speaking of, turn your life over to Jesus Christ. Accept that peace He offers and give the glory to Him. Just like that man I spoke with tonight, your life can be so much better than you ever imagined.
If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.