When we run the race set before us God’s fire flows through us. Leave a true thoroughbred racehorse in its stall for too long and you will need a new stall. It will pound and kick at the walls as if its life depended on nothing less than getting out of there. We have been given a similar spirit to that of the racehorse. We can't stay in the stall for too long because something deep within us knows that we were created for something more. Our spirit rages at the thought of confinement and complacency. We are warriors who serve a warrior God and we must learn to fight this good fight and to run this race using every gift and talent we have been given by the giver of life.
To those of you who have chosen to stay in the race when the wind and rain fight against your course I say, thank you for the example and inspiration you bring to us when we are tired and think we can’t go another step. And to the rest of us, don’t forget that others are watching and gaining strength from us as we lean into the wind and trust the one who created it.
"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!" Heb 12:1-3 MSG Bible
From the desk of Doug Tawlks