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>> Friday, July 18, 2008

We recently had the pleasure of witnessing the Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, NE. We watched with great joy as the swimmers pushed themselves for a better time...a faster hundredth of a second. They were totally focused on one thing and they couldn't afford to be sluggish at any point in that race. They could not allow a distraction to slow their course. It could cost them a place in the Olympics.

Are we not the same as believers? We cannot afford to be distracted in our walk of faith. We cannot allow the enemy or circumstances to cause us to look to the left or to the right. But we must keep our eyes focused - with a determined purpose - to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

My hubby and I have surrounded ourselves with people who have gone before us in this race. We look to them for Godly wisdom. We have watched them as they have battled in faith and have waited patiently for the promises of God. We have learned from them and imitated their strengths. We have placed ourselves to be accountable to them.

As believers, we must know that others are watching us also. Young believers in Christ are watching us to learn how to handle life - how to handle trials - how to stand in faith. People watch how we handle success and how we deal with disappointment.

What are we portraying to those who are not in the Kingdom of God yet? What kind of picture are we giving them of being a Christian? That's a whole subject for another time.

Let's not become sluggish in this race of faith. We can finish our course with great joy. We can help one another keep our eyes focused on the high call of God on our lives. We can pick each other up and encourage each other....."You can do it". Let's run together!

Blessings on your weekend.


Melanie July 18, 2008 at 8:26 PM  

Hi, Mary. Wow.. I think that would be so exciting to see any of the Olympic trials!

I so agree that we must surround ourselves with fellow believers and strive to turn away from distractions. Great post!

Angie July 21, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

A HUGE AMEN! Yes, we are being watched...especially when trials come our way...this was a most encouraging post! Reminds me to "sit up straight"---spiritually speaking and posture wise!

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