This was the title of our pastor’s new years message and I quite liked it so I thought I’d put down a note for posterity. There were 3 points under this: Run light, Run focused and finally Run with endurance. The text was from Hebrews:
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I found myself looking at this verse in Habakkuk also, maybe because of the reference to running:
Habakkuk 2:2-3 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
You must have a clear vision to run towards then run with endurance, with the faith that it will come to pass. How do I know it will come to pass? Because of God’s love. Because He is good and His plans for me are good. If you understand God’s love and heart towards you, it gives you hope in life, and hope that does not disappoint.
New King James Version Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
I never used to understand what this verse means but I’ve gone through some experiences in these last couple years that have made it clearer to me.
Its interesting that in the Habakkuk verse he references waiting as part of seeing the vision come to fruition. I’ve been in a waiting season at this time in my life. Waiting is so difficult because this world we live in and everything we’re taught makes us want to move, do something. But if you’re in a waiting period, taking action that’s not required can mess up work that God is doing in your life.
2017 was a bit of a tough year for me. Last night I was not able to wait for midnight to ring in the new year, I fell asleep. This was after I’d had a fight of sorts with my son so there was hardly a festive atmosphere in the house. Sigh. Sadly that’s how it has been lately. He’s 16 this year and its been a tough 16. You hear alot about how the teenage years can be difficult, but until you’ve been through it nothing can prepare you.
I know some kids can be easier than others, so I’d been hoping for an easier one lol. What do we fight about? Curfews, chores, schoolwork, friends, his phone. Alot of stuff. He’s taken to listening to what sounds like gangster rap that I literally cannot stand. He got his ears pierced this year. I’m bracing myself for the tattoo. I try to remind myself that I’m not the only parent going through these challenges, and many probably have worse challenges than me. Anyway, I’m hoping his 17th year brings better things.
In the morning I found 2 happy new year messages on my phone. One was from my mum and one from a friend. So I guess my friend shedding in the last year has turned out to be quite successful lol!
I’m so ready for 2018 because I need some blessings in my life this year. We got some rain here today which is unusual at this time of the year when its normally hot and dry. I’ll take that as a good omen of a blessed year ahead.
Wishing you (and me) a happy and prosperous 2018.