Happy Thursday, Everyone!
First of all our FALLING FOR FALL GIVEAWAY winner is Juli McGuire! Juli, please e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. Congratulations!
Today, I want to share a little something with you that is completely from my heart. This past Sunday morning was yucky....rainy, a little windy, just plain yucky. The kids and I set out to church and just pulling out of our neighborhood realized there was a big race happening in our area. Orange cones were everywhere. There were police officers at every possible intersection. I'm talking even an officer helping people turn in and out of Starbucks. Because we all need coffee and especially on rainy Sunday mornings at church. Right? :)
Anyway, it's rainy and yucky. I drive-thru to get a coffee and as we're waiting for a break in the cyclists (and a go from the officer), the kiddos and I decide we should start cheering for these people. What a yucky day to be racing and they should really be so proud. We roll our windows down a little bit so they can see and hear us. As they ride by we're screaming, cheering, and acting a fool. Those people have to be struggling and it's such an accomplishment.
I pull out into my lane. On our two lane road there is now one entire lane shut down for these bikers. I'm thinking how awful it must be to be racing in this weather and I'm seriously having a pity party in my head for all these people. Then we go down a hill and I see a HUGE crowd of family and friends waiting to cheer, congratulate, hoop, and holler for their people. We just happened to be driving right beside a biker whose wife (or at least that's who I'm guessing she was) had the BIGGEST, BADDEST sign AND she happened to be wearing the BIGGEST smile on her face as she cheered for her man.
Seeing what was waiting for them had to have given them all a little turbo boost. The crowd sure made me wanna put the pedal to the metal. :) I started tearing up just thinking about how much that encouragement had to be helping these people! (Sidenote-I turned thirty-three and EVERYTHING makes me tear up!) And it made me think about our life here on earth. How it's SO important to keep our eyes on the prize. Or the finish line. Or in our case, heaven. You guys stuff here on earth is TOUGH...divorce, death, job loss, and cancer just to name a few. It's tough and this race we're running is not easy. I started thinking about how if we have heaven in mind at the end of this "race" then just like those cyclists, we can keep going a little harder. A little stronger. Until we make it to the end.
I love how The Message shares these verses, "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 , 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 , 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. will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" Hebrews 12:1-3.
I love how it says, "All these veterans cheering us on". Just like the crowds we saw on Sunday. I'm not sure what you're going through right now, but know there are fellow Christians who are going through this thing called life with you cheering you on every step of the way. We also have amazing examples of faith heroes throughout the Bible who never lost focus of their end game. I hope you're running your race and living this life with your end game in mind.
Thanks for letting me share a little of my heart. Please know I'm praying for you today. If you have a little bit of your heart to share today as well, PLEASE do. We'd all love to read. And know I'm cheering you on in this race we call life! XOXO