Keep on Keeping On
"Study to show yourself approved by God, a workman who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
1 Peter 2:2-3 says, "Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness."
What about you?
After taking a week and a half off the run, it was time to saddle up the horses and set out into the humidity again.
The last week on vacation in central Oregon was wonderful. The weather was cooler than the typical Texas summer, and there was no humidity. We hiked, biked, drove ATVs, and spent time with family. Not wanting to lose any ground in the running game, there was even a 5K run on the 4th of July that my son and husband ran together.
Notice I said my son and husband. I didn't run with them. That was because I didn't have the right shoes. Nevermind the fact that I hiked in these shoes and biked in these shoes. They weren't my running shoes. And, I was on vacation. My son and husband encouraged me to run anyway, but I told them I would pick it up again after vacation was over.
So, today was the day. After work, I put on my running shoes and shorts and headed out into the heat. But, it wasn't long before the heat and humidity got the better of me. Not only did I not make the two mile mark, I didn't even make one mile! It was like starting all over again! I trudged back into the house, tail tucked, feeling discouraged. There was no need to act surprised. I knew exactly what was happening and why. And, it was going to take a great deal of extra work to get back to the place I was just a week and a half before.
If we're not careful, our walk with God can resemble this run--an undisciplined, backslidden mess.
We have to spend dedicated time every day with God in prayer and reading the Holy Bible if we want to keep going and growing.
Hebrews 5:12-13 says it like this, "You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right."
I don't know about you, but I don't want to be a baby again, and I don't like to back-track. Back-tracking is discouraging. It can cause people to quit, to give up, to miss out on unspeakable rewards, gifts, blessings, and results!
What about you?
Have you made the decision to follow Christ and not moved forward in action? It's not too late. Now's the time to do something about that. Haven't told anyone about all God has done for you? Tell someone today. Not attending church, reading your Holy Bible? Read it tonight . . . now. And, go to church this Sunday, wherever you are.
I'll keep going. Will you?