Friday, January 30, 2015

stay in the game


Stay in the game.  Several months ago I started going to a local CrossFit gym a few days each week.  It has been a journey.  Lots of pain.  Lots of struggle.  But already some good outcomes.  The coach often says, “stay in the game”.

That is pivotal statement for someone in the mix of being tired, in pain or just plain struggling.  You’ve been there.  Those times when we don’t know how we can go or if we can.

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Paul had been there too.  The Bible tells us that Jesus endured all types of hardship and pain.  Paul went through much as well.  They didn’t give up.  They stayed in the game because they understood that there were a lot of lives at stake, not just themselves.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

With others in mind we are able to keep on going.  The coach that challenges and taunts you to “stay in the game” has been where you have been.  There are other people that have been there to.  If we listen carefully, we will hear their voices telling up to keep on, and their stories help us stay at it.

This applies to our spiritual life as well as our physical life.  To be healthy in both is a big deal, but if we give up, we will miss the health and the success that God has for us.

When we give up on the journey, we miss the sights along the journey.  When we stop and don’t move on, we miss the sweet relationships and abundance God has destined for us.

My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions.

That is just how I feel sometimes.  I feel like I cannot go.  That is when I cannot catch my breath or push myself anymore.  But that just isn’t true.  With the coaching of people who care and with the truth of God, I can and will go on.  I will stay in the game.

When we chose to live life, many people will be challenged to do the same.  So I charge you to “stay in the game” and watch what God does when you do!

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

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