“life is a marathon, not a sprint. this means you must balance, prioritize, and pace yourself. too often we throw caution to the wind and run full steam ahead, doing what feels right at the moment. soon we are gasping for air, wound up in knots, and ready to snap. the increasing pressure can wear away at our patience and our relationship.” from the love dare, chapter 6
this statement is ever so true in my life. a lot of times i wish to get things happen the ways i want it to. when the thought enters into my head, i try to control circumstances in life…on my own.
this morning, though, after i showered, there was a new song in my heart that says, “i will trust in You, Lord. even when i will stumble or fall down, i will continue to trust in You.” of course, the lyrics is so simple…and the tune…well, i’m glad this is a writing piece. and no music notes can be sounded. 😛 but it came from deep within my heart.
i’m learning each day to submit my worries and desires to Him. by submitting, i mean speaking it out loud to God, putting it down at His feet and walking away with full confidence in faith that He is going to deal with it according to His will. a lot of times, i do the opposite. yes, i express my desires out loud, laying it down at His feet…BUT…when amen sounds, i take all my plan folders back and carry them away with thoughts running in my head.
submitting to God isn’t a one-time experience. it’s a daily progress that is helping me to be more humble and content. it is shaping me to be joyful and loving despite the hardship.
the message for me this past week has been about success and failure. sometimes what we perceive as failures are another achievement of His plans in our lives. surely, it’s not about getting what we want but about letting God’s will be done, right? we could be doing hundreds of things and getting nothing in return at all. will we still keep serving, teaching, singing, giving and loving then?
we need the right focus. if it’s what God wants, then who are we to argue against it? i, personally, expect people to change for the sake of my good deeds. but…no…only Jesus can change the person, not me. same as preaching the Gospel, we can only do so much…teaching, sharing, handing out leaflets…but we are only His tool. He is the One who makes it work.
we only need to be faithful. keep smiling even though the rain pours. keep loving despite the world’s hatred. keep serving…for God is with us.
He will make it work. be patient.
“therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. forgive as the Lord forgave you. and over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” colossians 3:12-14