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Inspiration for your Perspiration 2/17/2013 – Faith

on February 17, 2013

Faith.  Do I truly have it?  Do I live it?  Do you?

In my environment (US, middle class) it’s “easy” to assume you I do. And by that I mean, too easy to assume that what I am doing is what it should be.  I show up but am I fully participating?   I go to church but do I take the word with me when I leave?

When I take a true and honest look, I really think I could be doing a WAY better job.

I involve myself in life and just let my “faithfulness” or lack of it just happen.  Is this you too?  I will use myself as an example.  I took a look at myself and this is what I see.  I make everyday tasks take precedence over my time with God and for God.

  1. Family
  2. job/blog
  3.  hobby
  4. God / faith

God is number 4?  Really?  That’s not only sad its very eye-opening. Does this list look familiar to you?  If so then boy do we both have some serious work to do!  I’ve had what most would say and easy life so far.  Good health, a great family growing up, a loving faithful husband, great kids.  Yet still I have my priorities screwed up.  Clearly God should be #1 on my list.  As my pastor stated this week “It’s not a spiritual advantage to prosper”   Clearly that seems to be happening in my case.  So what can I do to fix it.  Well I need to do more than just show up!  I need to get into the word every day, I need to make it to my bible study class,  I need to practice what I preach.  One of my biggest fears is that I am acting like this…

1 Corinthians 13:1

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Now don’t get me wrong, I clearly don’t think I speak in the tongues of angels, but I hope to connect with someone thru this blog.  Even if I just remind someone to pray, or be a better friend or work on their relationship with God.  And I know I can only accomplish this through and for God, not for me!  We were not all meant to preach to the masses but as believers it is our duty to share the good news.
In my everyday life, and in this weekly blog, I do not want to be an empty lifeless gong that makes noise and says all the right things I should say, but not live it.  I also know for me this is not easy.  I am very easily swayed to earthly things.  But when the day comes I stand before God nothing would make me happier that to hear Him say….good job, or job well done.  I want to be what He intended me to be and that doesn’t just happen. So today I am asking you to pray for me (leave a comment and I will do the same for you) that I don’t take God for granted, that my faithfulness is true and bears much fruit, that I can share with others more than just words but true faithfulness through my actions.  Today I thank him for his continued grace, something that he gives freely, because it is not earned.  I’m going to work on making God #1 in my life.
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Thanks for listening this week, and remember if there is something I can pray about for you please let me know.
Have a wonderful week 🙂

5 Responses to “Inspiration for your Perspiration 2/17/2013 – Faith”

  1. Erica says:

    I hear your struggle, it’s one I am sure many of us have. It is a task to forcefully make a conscious effort to die to our flesh daily and keep Jesus first. A great verse that goes along with your blog that I remember off the top of my head is Matthew 6 versus 33. What a great inspiring blog to wake up to. Thank you for posting this and you will be in my prayers. Please pray for me as well, to have better balance in my life.

  2. Stacy says:

    Darlena, I struggle with this everyday! It’s sad, but true. Our sermon this week was discussing heaven/hell and our preacher mentioned that our time on Earth vs. our eternity is worth about .16%. So the main message was to Live for Later, not Now because our time here is so short. When you think about it that way, it reminds me of running~the time we spend running a race that day is short & hard, but the rewards afterwards last a lot longer(health, energy, stress reducer).
    Two songs that I have on my playlist that popped in my head while reading your post were, “Well Done” by Moriah Peters and “The Proof of Your Love” by For King of Country. Love those two songs!

  3. Jessie says:

    I needed this blog today. I have been failing miserably. Thank you for the honesty of this entry. I will pray for you and I sure need it back!

  4. You are an inspiration. And, you can see, espec thru this message each week, and your blog, how much you care for others, so much to want to help us, inspire us. AND, no matter how big, how small it may seem, caring, in many different ways, shows you DO HAVE GOD very high in priorities. It doesn’t have to be so direct, but it counts. THANKS for having this message. I take it to “heart” each wk. Really helps. God Bless.

  5. Ouch, I needed this reminder today. I find myself putting so many things ahead of my relationship with Christ and I know that I’m doing it. I feel guilty about it but yet I still do it. I know that before going to work in the morning I should do my devotions yet I find myself turning on the computer to ‘catch-up’ on blogging stuff. Honestly, sometimes I think about shutting the blog down just so I can remove that distraction from my relationship.

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