Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Monday, June 30, 2014

Halfway There!

I started this year with a goal of running 2014 miles before we ring in 2015. That's about 150 miles more than I managed last year, and a lot more than I've ever managed in a 12 month period before. But I felt like God was calling me to the challenge and accepted it.

I knew that I could never succeed on my own, that any hope of getting there would only exist through our great and mighty God. If I had to rely on my strength, and on my ability, I knew I'd fail miserably. So I handed it off to Jesus and started running.

Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God." ~ Luke 18:27

Today marks the end of the first six months of 2014. We're halfway through the year. It looked for a while that I was falling behind. Heck, I guess I did fall behind. I was way ahead going into the month of June. But we've done quite a bit of traveling this month that upset my running routine.

Though 2014 by December 31st is my goal, I really wanted to be on track at the halfway point of the year. That meant I needed to have logged 1007 miles before the calendar flipped to July. When last week started, that looked like a long shot, especially since I'd be running these last miles of June in hot and humid eastern North Carolina. But I figured out what I needed to get there, and decided to give it a go.

I'm pleased to report that Jesus actually dropped the temperature a few degrees, and the humidity a little too, these past couple of days to make things a little easier for me. And, with today's 8 mile run, I've logged a total of 1008 miles so far in 2014, over the halfway point to my goal by one mile.

God is so good! I want to reiterate that it's only by His mercy and grace that I could still be on track six months into 2014. Not one of those miles would be possible if He didn't will it, if He didn't make it possible. I am truly blessed!

Thank you Jesus! For everything!



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Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'm Back!

It's been a while since I've posted here, and for that I'm sorry. Things got crazy toward the end of the school year, and I actually began to think it was time to give up this blog. But now things are settled down some, and I believe I just needed a break. It's now time to get back to what I'm supposed to be doing here.

I have continued to run, and continued to study, even while taking a break from this blog. Last month, Janice and I did the Bear Lake Double in Utah and Idaho. She did the halves and I did the fulls. By the grace and mercy of the Almighty God, those were my 13th and 14th marathons to finish.

Every race, every mile, in races and in training, are only possible because Jesus allows me to run to bring glory to Him. I couldn't run a step if He didn't will it, or allow it. And I realize now, that's why I've got to keep this blog going as of my ministry, the ministry He has assigned me.

Sometimes it's easy to feel overwhelmed, even ineffective, as we go about trying to fulfill the assignments God has given us. Partly because our human nature wants instant gratification, to see the fruits of our labor materialize right before our eyes. When we don't see immediate results, in the form of lives changing around us, we begin to doubt. We doubt that we're really in God's will. We doubt whether our efforts are producing any fruit at all.

Satan works through doubt. The Devil places those doubts in our minds to throw us off course. To get us to abandon the mission. To turn from God and His work. And too often, it works. We doubt. We give up. And we turn away.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9

But we're promised that our works are not in vain. We're promised a reward if we don't give up, if we keep doing the good works God has intended for us to do. Even when we can't see the results, they're there.

So I was feeling overwhelmed for a while there, and thought this blog wasn't having much of an impact. But in the weeks since I've posted here, God has shown me this blog is still part of His plan for me. That said, I return with that same message for others out there. Others who may feel discouraged. Who feel they're giving it everything they have, all they can do, but nothing good is coming from it.

Do what you know is right, all the time. Do what you believe God wants you to do, all the time. Never give up. Never quit Him. Even when you can't see it, your work for God is bearing fruit. We may never know in this life all the lives touched and changed because we followed God's will. We may not always understand the good that comes from following His will. But it's happening.

I'm rested and rejuvenated and ready to get back to work here!



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