When you step back to take a look at your life, what do you see? How do you evaluate your place or position? What tool do you use to measure in order to see if you are where you need to be or want to be in life?
There are many voices and tools “out there” to give us the help and guidance in life to get us from where are to where we really want to be… or more importantly, to where God wants us to be. For me, the greatest tool is reading the Bible. I find direction, strength, hope, and encouragement in the words I read there. Reading the Bible is a discipline that I must not neglect and must be a part of daily living.
I was recently challenged to think about what my ideal life looks like. As I began to think about my response, I thought back to the 4th grade. I was sitting in a room in my house and I recall thinking, “I’m not going to be like that.” I can recall the voice of my dad saying he wish he had made other choices about his career. I can recall the career path he would have preferred over the one he was on at the time. In my pursuit of God and living in obedience, I struggle with keeping of my stride since it has been broken.
“How you see your future is more important than what has happened in your past.” Zig Ziglar
I’m involved in quite a few really “good” things. I visited one of those recently. I walked out of that meeting and overwhelmed at the need in our community and the task that is set before them. The thought kept rising in my mind that they are Jesus in their corner of our county. They are literally being his hands and his feet. Reaching out to those who can’t feed themselves. I was unsure about what my experience would be as I drove onto the property. I drove away challenged.
I once was a competitive long distance runner. I recall the feeling of having someone break my stride because they cut me off. It was a breaking of my stride physically and mentally. I could get my physical stride back pretty easily but, at times, it was the mental portion of it I would have difficulty over coming. I can recall dwelling on what had just happened and that becoming my focus over the race being run.
You are never a failure until you quit. Resist discouragement and finish the race God has set before you. -Rick Warren, Uncommon Courage Devotional.
I mentioned earlier there are a lot of tools to help us on our journey in life. God’s Word is the greatest of those… His word is truth. At times, each of us have moments when someone or something breaks into our lane and breaks our stride. Keeping our eyes intently focused in the Word of God will help us to keep our focus. The Holy Spirit will use those words to lead us where God wants us.
If you are in a place in life where someone has cut you off and broken your stride, now is the time to bring life back into focus. Looking toward the goal that has been set within your heart. “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7, NIV). Don’t let the distractions of this world, the words of others, or the actions of others break your stride. Keep running.