Day 244: Running Hard and Finishing Strong (September 1)

I feel like I’ve stumbled upon an unintentional theme for this week.  But obviously it’s on God’s mind, so here we go…..

In life, I desire to run hard and finish strong.  As I’ve said before, I don’t want to reach a certain place in my walk with God or in my age, and decide “I’ve gone far enough.”  No way!  I want to run hard in this life, and I definitely want to finish strong.  That’s my heart.  To live all out for God and then run straight into Heaven.

How can I do this?

I can show up for life every day.

What does this mean?  Well, it means, I can live each day out to the full.  Whether I’m at home working and writing, or out running kids around and doing errands, I can do it all for Christ.  I can decide everyday to be purposeful.  To ask God what He’s doing in every place I enter.  To look for opportunity to serve others whether in secret or public view.  I can meet with God every day to see where He wants me to go and what He wants me to do.

I just need to show up.  To live my life, not let life run over me.

Too many of us just let life happen.  I want to happen to life.  I want to be so connected with the Father that when I go somewhere the atmosphere changes for the positive.  Because I am a representative of Christ, as are you, I want to shift things when I engage them.  I want to allow God to release heaven through my life being a willing conduit.

You can show up and really live out your life.  It’s not too late for that either.

God has a purpose for your day, every day.  Are you going to ask Him what it is every morning?  Will you follow where He leads?  Will you trust Him?

I wanna leave this world, having run hard and finished strong…..Don’t you?

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 Author and Perfector 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.  Consider Him Who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3