Too many irons in the fire.

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Go! Go! Go!

Run upstairs to get the client specs. Run back downstairs to deliver specs to the factory floor. Run down the block to the print shop for a press check. Run to the car to catch a plane. Race to get home. Whip up a quick dinner while helping a kid practice music, checking email, and prepping tomorrow’s lunches.

Run! Run! Run!

Without warning, something goes wrong. The mailman shows up, and your crazy dog goes busting through the front door to greet him. As the dog runs by, she knocks over your kid. While you’re coping with this catastrophe, the dinner on the stove starts to burn and your critical email goes unsent.

Crash! Boom! Bang!

All at once, all your well-laid plans come to a screeching halt. Like a line of dominoes, the tipping of one is the downfall of all. Continue reading

Be diligent (day 22 of the #encourage marathon)

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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

~ 2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Welcome to mile marker 22 of the #encourage marathon! I can’t believe we are almost to the end! I hope you have thus far been uplifted. (If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.)

Someone out there is discouraged. It might even be you.

When I was twelve, I was seized by a strong desire to be a medical doctor. I wanted to help people, write legible prescriptions, and treat nurses with the professional respect they deserved. I made it my goal to graduate at the top of my class with a impeccable grades. I wanted to my transcripts to be so irresistible that top schools would snap me up in an instant. I worked myself raw, often staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning to produce the best work I possibly could.  Continue reading

Do not grow weary. (Day 10 of the #encourage marathon)

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And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap
if we do not lose heart.

~ Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Welcome to mile marker 10 of this #encourage marathon! (You can read yesterday’s post here).

Someone out there is growing weary. It might even be you.

There’s an old story I’d like to share with you. You’ve probably heard it before, but please bear with me.

A man was walking on the beach one day and noticed a boy who was reaching down, picking up a starfish and throwing it in the ocean.

As he approached, he called out, “Hello! What are you doing?”

The boy looked up and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean.”

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Joy will come (Day 4 of the #encourage marathon)

 

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Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.

For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

~ Psalm 30.4-5

It’s Day 4 of our 26-day #Encourage Marathon! (You can read yesterday’s post here.)

Someone out there is in pain. It might even be you.

You might have had a rough day yesterday. Maybe the past six months have been fraught with pain. It could be that years of trouble have mercilessly struck you.

You’re getting tired.

There’s good news. Joy is coming.

Have you ever watched the sunrise in the mornings? Before the sun ever reaches the horizon, there is a gradual lightening of the sky. Slowly but surely, the light increases until, without warning, there is a burst of light from the horizon where the sun has appeared. The western skyline shines effusively as the eastern skyline is all but lost in the radiant glow of the sun. Warm, rosy, colors abound. Warmth creeps into the air. Creatures of the day begin to stir.

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26 Passages for your Marathon (with free printable)

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Marathon:

“A long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles, or 26 miles 385 yards),usually run as a road race.”

(source: wikipedia)

Living the life of a Christian is like a long-distance run. Endurance is necessary to overcome every obstacle, including our own fatigue. God provides abundant assistance in this marathon—fellow runners, water, sustenance, solid shoes and some nice things to look at from time to time, but it is incumbent on us to hold up our end. We have to keep running.

My last two posts—Overcome or overcomer? and What is your ‘Why’?—have discussed both purpose and endurance. I see people everywhere fighting to stay positive, struggling to find purposes, and drowning in physical battles. We need to encourage each other to stick close to Christ, pressing on towards the ultimate goal.

I have searched for passages that talk about endurance, refreshing, persevering, etcetera and I came up with 26 passages in honor of the official distance of a marathon. (Okay, I missed the 0.2, but I’m not big on partial verses.) Whenever we traverse through a challenge, be it physical or spiritual, it’s a good practice to seek aid through the scriptures, copy down verses that encourage, and meditate on God’s promises to us. Feeling alone? Seek verses about God’s presence. Feeling sad? Look for verses on God’s comfort. Commit those passages to memory and roll them over in your mind. In so doing, you will be centering your heart on those things that are true, noble, praiseworthy etcetera.

If you or someone you know is struggling right now, download the PDF and spend the next 26 days copying down and meditating on the above passages. Send the verse to someone you know in a card, text or email. Let’s encourage one another to keep on toward the goal. I will post one verse per day on the Elihu’s Corner Facebook Page and on the Twitter Feed beginning tomorrow.

Download the above picture or print out this free PDF  and join me for 26 days of encouragement.