Are you Running Well?

“You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”  Galatians 5:7

The Christian life is a marathon race and there are many of us on the road running together.  You know how marathon races are with tracks and people in those lanes.  All goes well as long as each one stays in their lane.  When you are bumped by someone it throws you off stride.  Then you slow down and lose your place in the race.   You are still in the race but you are not running as well.  The holiday season is a bump in the race for lots of people. This time of year is sad for many.  They feel lonely or they are alone.  They feel  inadequate for the social whirl upcoming in the holidays.  Money may be short.  Health may be poor.  Family dynamics may be broken or hurt.  They slow down in the christian life marathon and start to feel guilty.  Today I want to encourage you to keep running.  If you lose your lane, just run in the one you have.  “God will make a way where there seems to be no way.  He works in ways we cannot see, God will make a way for me.  He will be my guide,  hold me closely to his side. With love and strength for each new day.  He will make a way, He will make a way”  Another thought.  Seek what God wants of you, not what people expect.  It is not always the same thing and it is not always an easy thing to see.  A runner prepares for the race by running.   We are in a life-long race but oh the prize at the end!  Just keep running!

Beautiful surroundings give us a feeling of well-being.  Thanksgiving is a time that many bring out their very best china and create a lovely setting for the turkey or ham that has been prepared.   We have extra desserts, salads and rolls.  We go the extra mile, we keep running to make this the best dinner ever.  If you are a paper plate person, how about doing something different this year?    Break out your best and treat your family.  Get dressed in something nice, wear some jewelry. Put on a little make up.   As one old preacher said “Any old barn looks better with a little paint”  What can it hurt?  It might help you keep running in the life race and on through the holiday season.

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me”  Philippians 4:13

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