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I guess you could say I’ve always wanted to be a runner.
At one point in my life, I put foot to pavement nearly every day, training and strengthening myself for a half-marathon. 13.1 miles of running – putting foot to pavement over and over again until I had crossed the finish line.
These days, I do a lot of thinking about being a runner but little in the way of actually becoming one. If I were serious, I’d lace up my shoes, stretch my leg muscles, and put in my earbuds each morning until I was ready for yet another race.
But I don’t. It’s a choice I make consciously every day – to run or not to run.
Hebrews 12 tells us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (NKJV). I like the way that sounds – running the race of life with endurance. It sounds bold and big and purposeful.
But here’s the thing: I can do a whole lot of thinking about running without doing any of the actual running.
Running with endurance means that there is a goal and a destination. However, there are also little destinations along the way – baby steps toward reaching that mighty finish line.
When I think about reaching those baby steps – the smaller destinations – suddenly the idea of running is a bit more attainable. Finishing the race is achievable.
I can run rather than simply thinking about running.
I can lace up my shoes and put foot to pavement rather than choosing to stay inside.
Every smaller destination along the way has huge purpose in finishing the race. And there is motivation.
I absolutely love this analogy for the Christian life. Sure, I can think about strengthening my faith and leaning into Jesus. But if there’s no action to those thoughts, I will never reach the finish line.
I cannot run the race of life with endurance without daily choosing to lace up my shoes, stretch my muscles, and take the first running step.
This translates to prayer, Bible study, community, taking a Sabbath, choosing grace, and filling our minds with Truth.
Those are the smaller destinations in this big race of faith. And only by re-fueling at each station are we able to make it all the way to the end of the race.
It sounds great, right? It may even sound simple.
But the temptation to think about taking these baby steps without actually doing it screams loud.
So, let’s take the baby steps. Let’s lace up our shoes. Let’s be action-takers.One of the best ways to be an action-taker is to daily fill our minds with God’s Truth. Click To Tweet
Like I’ve said, it’s tempting to believe that the race of faith is simple.
Let me warn you, friend: that’s the evil one talking.
I don’t say that lightly. I say that with power in my voice because you and I must always be on alert.
So, with confident resolve to be an action-taker, seek God’s Truth every. single. day.
Here are some solid truths that can serve as a starting ground:
1 Peter 2:9
Truth: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (NKJV)
Action: Proclaim the praises of the one who set you apart as His special child…
Truth: “…the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (NKJV)
Action: Embrace your new life by renewing your mind daily.
Truth: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (NKJV)
Action: Live by faith daily and allow Christ to continually change you.
1 Corinthians 15:57
Truth: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV)
Action: Choose the victory over sin that is yours in Christ and flee from temptation.
Truth: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.”
Action: Live out God’s call on your life, because you are important.
Do you see the importance of believing these truths? Of becoming an action-taker and lacing up your spiritual shoes daily?
We cannot simply think about growing in faith & living with intention. We’ve got to take the steps toward growing in faith & living with intention.
It’s a choice, just like I have a choice to become a runner or simply desire to be one.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed about this whole idea, I first want to say that I get it. I experienced many years of desire with little action. Many years of longing for deeper relationship and not ever becoming an action-taker.
I also want to share my friend Arabah Joy’s resource called Praying the Promises of the Cross. It’s a 40-day devotional guide and, let me tell you, this is a great tool for the overwhelmed.
This guide provides a promise of God each day for 40 days, offers a short devotional reading, and includes journaling space for you to write down your prayers.
Here’s the thing: this journal is not necessary to grow in faith & lace up your spiritual shoes. It’s just a great option to get started.
It’s for the ones who long for spiritual growth but have difficulty with the first step.
It’s for the ones who desire intimacy with God but don’t know where to start.
It’s for the ones who are ready to dive in, get praying, and claim the promises daily.
Please don’t buy this unless you are serious. That’s my warning: you must be ready to grab your Bible, get a pen, and dig in to the truth of Scripture.
So, who’s ready? Even if you don’t purchase the devotional, be an action-taker. Grab your shoes and choose to say yes.
Let’s be bold together.
P.S. Have you heard about the 30-Day Friendship Challenge? Click the image below to find out more!