“Well now, that was a different kind of experience. I didn’t know I had it in me!”
Those were my thoughts directly following our daughters first cross country meet two years ago. Here is the humorous retelling from my mental archive:
My husband and I just ‘participated’ in our daughter’s first cross country meet. Having never done this before, we needed to be brought up to speed. Little did I know ‘speed’ was the operative word!
There were no bag chairs, no bleachers and definitely no popcorn. There wasn’t a map of the course available so we decided to just ‘follow the crowd’ of seasoned veteran spectators. How hard could it be right?
Hold on, here we go!
The GUN FIRED! The crowd’s cheering sounded thunderous. Within seconds more than five hundred of us watching were now RUNNING to cross the golf course to keep the cheering momentum going. Three hundred yards later this mamacita was suckin’ wind, but ohhhh, sweet sister in Christ, I was cheering my little lungs out (what was left of them anyway)!
Before I could adequately recover the crowd swung back around and off we were running to the next point and the next and the next. This was exhilarating! Asthma could have been a contributing factor to all this exhilaration I suspect, but I was all in, asthma or not.
Quickly I learned that spectator is a rather misleading word in this particular sport, but we enjoyed every minute of watching our daughter compete with her team. I think at some odd moment of broken concentration my daughter saw me as a competitor in this unusual display of ‘my mother is running!?’
The thrill of running is in the fiber of my family on varying levels thanks to my husband’s genes. He has always been a lover of running. Now in his forties he doesn’t have as much time in the day to leisurely run, but just over a month ago I witnessed the man wake up, lace up his running shoes and go medal in a 5K. I, on the other hand, am the woman who never uses the word ‘leisure’ and ‘run’ in the same sentence, unless I’m blogging I guess!
We all have the things we are good at and just come easy for us. Isn’t it wonderful how unique God made each of us? We are a package deal of giftedness for His glory.
“Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” James 1:17
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
I may not be strong in the area of athletic prowess, but I’ve been known to break a sweat and get pretty winded with outbursts of laughter. I think that can count for being physically exerting right?!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22
As you get to know me here at Titus II Woman, you will see that I have a natural bent towards humor and encouragement. I really want those gifts to be used everywhere I interact in the Body of Christ to point people to the goodness of God through the Gospel and His incredible, unchanging Word.
When you discover Christ as Lord your outlook on life can’t help but be transformed! Your purpose for living is taken to a whole new level and life really begins to be abundant and full because of Christ and what He has done for us in His life, death, and resurrection.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b
How has God designed you to fulfill His purpose? Think on that a while today. Are you an encourager? Do you have a passion for hospitality? Maybe you have this amazing gift of administrative skill that really gets put to good use within your sphere of influence. However you were designed by God, rededicate those gifts to be used for His glory and namesake. Persevere in this life to make Christ known in your home, your church, your community. Where ever you are, run with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) making the good news of Christ known and seize every opportunity, using your gifts, to magnify our great Savior!
“Father, thank You for Jesus! Thank You for offering us a new identity in Him as we place our trust in Him for salvation. You have made us each with a special set of gifts and a personality that is uniquely designed by You and for You. Help us to celebrate Your creativity as Your image bearers and to use every aspect for the work Your Kingdom. May we have the joy of the Lord as our strength as we run the race towards the prize of eternity with You forever! Oh what a wonderful hope we have when hidden in Christ. ~ Amen.