“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Anyone ever feel like there must be more to this life? You know, more than 3 square meals a day. More than changing diapers. Minivans. Carpool. More than dishes. Laundry. Alarm clocks and math lessons. Am I the only one that wakes up some mornings thinking …
Here we go again.
What mother thinks that? Who has been given the gift of wonderful precious healthy children only to wake up some mornings thinking this way?
Me. I do that. But why?
Here is what I think.
When I look to the left or to the right it looks like everyone has more important responsibilities than me. A more impressive resume. They all look so good. So put together. So organized. They look like such good mothers who never ever yell at their kiddos and for sure they read their Bibles for hours each day.
But here is what I know to be true.
Jesus LOVES ME. He loves all of us. A lot. Not one more than another. He made us all the exact way he designed.
Do we have work to do? Sure. But if we are seeking hard after Him, there is no better place we could be. Some of us he made for writing. Some of us he made for teaching. Some of us he made to crunch numbers. Some of us he made to create art. Some of he made to stay home with our babies. So while many of us are different. We have this in common.
We were all made to champion each other.
We were made to encourage one another. We were made to run this race together with our eyes straight ahead, fixed on Jesus.
Can we do that? Can we look at each other and see such wonderful things, and then still see ourselves as loved by the Creator of the Universe? Can we stop being insecure and find our identity in who we are as heirs with Jesus Christ? He loved us so much He died a terrible death so that we can live with Him forever in heaven.
Can you imagine?
That kind of love is major.
Can we resolve to follow God’s adventure wherever he has placed us? Can we see His goodness and faithfulness in the daily activities of our lives? And then can we commit to draw near to Him? Can He alone be our “more”?
We were made for this. To run our race. To follow hard after Jesus wherever he has placed us. And as we call on Him he may call us to new and different things. Or He may not. But as we walk with Him it will be the perfect place to be. And who doesn’t want that? God can use us for unimaginable things if we will just say yes.
My saying yes right now is about getting down on the floor and playing Candyland. That is my race. Today. In this season. Tomorrow it may be feeding some homeless and hungry souls in my city.
God, use me. Show me my worth in you. Whatever you call me to, I will say yes.
Let us run this race together, friends. Eyes fixed on our Saviour. Lets be brave and unified, unafraid to say yes, Lord.
He loves us so much.