Wednesday, January 09, 2008

That you may obtain it

Dave and I were talking the other night about things we see in our lives that the Lord has for us to work on this year. In a way, it is intimidating to me to have conversations like these, because I don't want to start the year with lofty goals and then have to look back and be disappointed. Know what I mean? I think this is why the whole idea of making New Year's Resolutions has never really appealed to me. But then again, this is the way the Lord works, graciously revealing, little by little, areas of my life that He desires to be Lord over. And I don't want to resist His work. I want to change for His glory. But it's a little bit of a painful process, don't you think? :) 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. Philippians 3:12

I was reminded today of some verses that Scott has been quoting frequently in his messages,

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection...

1 Corinthians 9:24,25

So this year, I am aiming towards more personal discipline, in my walk with the Lord and as that spills over into the tasks that He has for me. I guess I should say ESPECIALLY as it spills over, because this is where I tend to slack the most, I think. Forgetting that the Lord can be glorified in my work at home, if I choose to serve Him there, instead of myself.

And several friends have challenged me to consider the use of my TIME, what I am doing with it. There are so many things I could be doing, but what does the Lord have for me?

Well, I know what He has for me children are sick with an intestinal bug (again), for 3 days now, and I can love and care for them. Read to them. Cuddle them. And I hear one of them calling me right now....uh, oh, gotta go!


Reagan said...


Kelly said...

Sorry to hear your family is down with a gi bug. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today...that you ultimately want to strive for the Lord to get the glory. Thank you for the challenge. praying for you.

Kim & Dave said...

Oh, too bad your kiddos are sick.

Hope they feel better soon!

bandanachick said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I am so sorry the boys are sick AGAIN! We are praying for you all. Lots of love.