This was probably the hardest post I’ve had to write in a while.
The truth is I’ve been in an interesting season of life for quite some time, and sharing from that place has been a challenge. But that’s the discipleship deals, right? Obedience even when you don’t feel like doing what’s been asked.
So here I am. Blogging. Obeying and trusting this is for someone even years from now.
Lord, help me.
It’s the end of 2017. Almost everyone is in reflection mode, with lessons and goals in mind for the new year. To the Christian whose serious about his/her walk, hopefully, you’re also thinking about your spiritual growth so far. You’re performing a heart check, or should I say “a race check”?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders 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 pioneer 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 11:1 -2)
That’s what we’re doing… running.
And at individual points in time, we have to check our progress and realign accordingly, where there’s need to. Thank God for His grace to do so. Thank Him for His mercies, and faithful reminders that we’re not in this alone. Only He knows where we would be if He wasn’t present, really.
Some hard truths to reflect on for this process:
1. Some have stopped to watch others
We’ve become commentators, critics. Instead of running, we’re taking notes. We’re pointing out others’ faults and wrongdoings. Our eyes are on everyone and everything but the focal point that is God.
Case in point, The Tithe Debate of 2017, which was probably the biggest distraction of the season. Think about it, how every person and his mum has had an opinion they just had to share – on social media, the pulpit and the likes. You can count that the devil had a field day because of all the time wasted on that issue alone.
2. Some are running in the wrong direction
From ambition to money to marriage, anything that steals your heart from His is a distraction, plain and simple.
Are you channelling your all towards this ONE thing? A hard question, but has it become your idol? Has it taken the place of your god? If your honest answer is yes, you’ve been running in the wrong direction. You’ve been on a flight to China when Australia’s your destination, and the bitter-sweet truth is that the sooner you realise the derailing, the quicker you can realign.
3. Some are carrying heavy baggage
I dealt with anxiety battles this year. They were real, tiring and notably, focus-draining as each day came. So I know firsthand what it’s like to walk, let alone run, when carrying weight around.
I had to learn the hard way to let go and let God, to cast my cares the right way, and remember what I’m around for in the first place. To remember who I’m with too. Freedom giving truth right there.
With that said, what are you carrying? Anxiety, bitterness, rage, envy? If you want to go far, you need to let it go, and quickly too. Run with reckless abandon to God, and simply release.