mo·ti·vate verb: provide (someone) with a motive for doing something; stimulate (someone’s) interest in or enthusiasm for doing something
It is an absolute gorgeous Saturday morning in August that is at a rare 70°
The breeze is perfect.
The last thing I want to do this morning is run; even if it’s only a short distance and would take less than five minuets to do-I don’t want to do it.
But, I get dressed, lace up my favorite shoes and reached for the door when the thought occured to me, “Did I put on Jesus?” I turned to gather my Bible, prayer journal and notebook and set out with the intention to spend some time first with God; also thankful that running could be put off a little longer.
Then the following happen:-The dog starts barking at the other dog for peeing in his water bowl-Clean up the bowl; realize I’m thirsty-Putting ice in the glass looking at something in the living room that needs to be hung up out side-Before I know it I’m standing on top of chair hanging something upIn that moment, it hits me that this is how easy it is to get swayed from God.This is what distraction looks like. Innocent as it may be, it ultimately took my attention from spending time with God.
When we have a God-called purpose we can’t just put on our shoes and go; we have to start by hitting our knees and trusting Him to alert us during those moments of distractions. We have to remember to “put on Jesus” every day; especially when it comes to or goals.
If God is not the start of it, we can rest assure that we will have difficulty in ever meeting any goal.
I get down from the chair, head back inside to my Bible and journal; hoping to suddenly become motivated after spending some time in scripture and prayer and the moment I do, the writing of this post will stop and the running will take place.
A few days ago I prayed over this area of my life and made a serious commitment to God that has to be honored. I openly shared the goals with three people who will be able to see the results. I also want people to see just what can happen when you honor your promises to God when you get out there and do it.
And like that, it’s done!
It was harder to complete today but once again I met my goal and this time I broke my personal record in how long it took. During this short distance, there was a moment I could see the light at the end-in my case it’s the stop sign on Conniewood; but also in that moment I realized just how far I had left to go.
Closing my eyes and push through it was the only option I had. I had to remember that my body could do this and so much more, that it wasn’t about how far I had left to go, it’s about actually doing what it takes to get there.
If at any time someone watches the security camera footage of me reaching the front door after my run this morning they will wonder just why I have this huge smile on my face.
In this moment it became clear that we can really do something that we never thought was possible.
We can do something that we never wanted to do to begin.
How through properly spending time in prayer before hand and asking God to give us a willing, motivated heart will make the experience beyond something we ever expected. How we become humbled in admitting to Him that we physically could not do it on our own without Him and choosing to genuinely honor Him with the promise we made.
It’s something to smile about!
This upcoming week as we face our week, lets look for moments that God is speaking directly to us through our every day circumstances.
Let’s be active in our seeking!
Next week, I will share with you what it was about the things listed below that were revealed to me this week.
- Ephesians 4:7 But to each of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s love.
- Simple Pursuit (Passion) lyrics: Keep our hearts real, keep your grace close, you’re bringing us back, you’re brining us home. (Currently have chills just retyping it.)
- Isaiah 57:18-21 (v.18) I have seen his ways and will heal him and restore comforts to him and his mourners.
- Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.
- The more time we spend with God the easier it is to understand our gifts.
Enjoy your weekend and be blessed!
Jude 1:20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith, make progress, rise like edifice higher and higher, praying in the Holy Spirit.