Has religion left you tired? Harassed and helpless? Feeling pushed to the side? God’s for you! Catch his wave to joy, peace … and a life that is sustainable and meaningful. God’s heart, energy, and actions are towards both the marginalized and those who realize they need help. When I cooperate with these actions and realize that only he can make the deciding difference in these areas, life is meaningful and sustainable. As such, my help towards others and even me getting help and working hard, though all important, are more like those who “took off the grave clothes” from Lazarus after Jesus raised him from the dead.
As I run my race, do I live with this aforementioned perspective in mind? A surfer knows two key things: (s)he has to “catch the wave”; the wave heads only to the shoreline. Similarly, a sailboat is dead in the water minus wind in its sails; its propelling wind heads in one direction.
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Only Jesus ran a perfect race. But we must ask ourselves, “Am I growing in grace? Maturing as I journey?” Further, our attitude towards ourselves and others should not be, “Here’s my standard, shape up or ship out.” Contrastingly, God graciously desires to join whosoever in their journey, regardless of what shape they are in or how others value them; he says, “Come, all you who are thirsty … buy wine and milk without money and without cost. … hear me that your soul may live. For the humble, there is both no condemnation in Christ and empowerment from my Spirit to run with passion, peace, and pleasure.”
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