This month we are setting our FOCUS on 3 goals or intentions.
- To get our Heart Pumpin
- To keep our Spirit Movin
- To let down the Anchor
Identifying where we are
Better is the sight of the eyes [the enjoyment of what is available to one] than the cravings of wandering desire. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it! (Ecclesiastes 6:9 AMP)
If I were honest about where I am, I’d say I’m kinda in one of those starting blocks before a track meet. The race is about to start, you know you’re actually ON the team but you’re wondering if they’ve placed you in the wrong running wave because you’ve seen the competition. You don’t know how fast they are but you clearly see the difference between your legs and theirs. You wonder if the muscle matters or if it’ll have the memory to do what it’s supposed to do or if you’ll just feverishly run in place like Fred Flintstone starting his car. You wonder if you trained ‘the right way’. You wonder if you’re going to jump the gun. You wonder if you’ll disappoint the team and the coach. You wonder why you ever decided to enter the race.
“Runners take your mark”…
Your heart is racing and you hear nothing but your breath and the sweat dripping from your forehead in one tiny bead dropping onto the raspberry colored tread…
breathe, unlock your jaw and quit gritting your teeth …
The gun goes off three times because someone else was so nervous there was a false start and you’re about to relive that entire heart pounding, nerve racking, salty salivating, stomach turning ordeal AGAIN…
FULL DISCLOSURE: I ran track in 8th grade and 9th grade and wasn’t fast at all. Whenever someone suggest running, I’m somehow transported to that middle school awkwardness of my genetically stocky muscular legs and my ‘I think I was supposed to be taller’ really long arms that always managed to propel as I ran which only resulted in too much momentum but not much distance.
Every time I step up to the calling God has summoned me to purse, I find myself in the starting block. Again.
Today God reminded me of the very last time I ran in a track meet; that I second guessed my ability.
He hit fast forward ⏩ to the part where I crossed the finish line and had actually won my leg of the race.
As I recalled this victory I heard the Holy Spirit (a whisper in my spirit) telling me that when I can identify where I am, He can find me. When He finds me He reminds me of who I am, who He is and why I’m on the team; specifically chosen to run THIS race, and I WILL WIN!
Nervous is normal. Sizing the competition is human. Doubting is inevitable. Moving is required.
- Heart pumpin: Just move. Like the scripture says, focus on what is, not what is not. I’ve created a free workout for you to use.
- Spirit movin: Matthew 7:7 Ask, Seek, Knock – Identify where you are, get honest and ask God to show you what you may need to lose in order to keep movin’. He will reveal the who, what when, why, where, and how.
- Let down the anchor: TobyMac’s song MOVE fuels me with the strength to finish the race!