As I said in yesterday’s blog post, In the School of Running, my wife power walks in the mornings, and I run. We have a basic route that we follow so that I’m not too far away from her, and that keeps it a “let’s do this together fun event.”
Another spiritual analogy came to me from her trek yesterday. For each mile that she walked, her times got faster. Each mile, she gained strength to push on ahead. Each mile, become better than the previous one. Folks, that should be us in our Christian walk with Christ. Now, I realize as we creep into the older ages of life, we don’t get faster, but we should . . .
Gain strength to push forward because of our daily intake of the Word of God, learning to live each day in the presence of God, and living with the end in mind.
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)
For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence. (Psalm 21:6)
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” (Psalm 70:4)
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:12-14)
See each mile of our life getting better because the power of God’s Word has changed our thinking and therefore our actions. So much so, we grow old a joy-filled, full of faith believer who knows that indeed each day is getting better because we are one day closer to seeing Jesus, to being Home!
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:10, 12-17)
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16)
So, as we grow older and richer in our relationship with Christ, “let’s do this together fun event!”