Monday, February 2, 2009

Run!

1Co 9:24 "You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever."

Most of you have probably heard this scripture verse before. We know that we are running a race. Let's look at the last part, though. "we do it for a crown that will last forever." Our prize is everlasting life with God in heaven!

So, how long will we be running this race? Until we reach heaven! That's not a short race. No, that's a long sometimes exhausting sometimes exciting race.

Last week I went out of town for 3 days with my husband and when we returned home I had an all day homeschool co-op the very next day. This brought me to Friday. There was laundry piled so high I didn't think I could ever finish it, the house was messy and needed to be cleaned, and the kids had school work to complete! AAAHHH! It felt so overwhelming to me. Until I received this advice:

Make my goals progression goals, not perfection or even completion goals. For example, if I completed 6 loads of laundry on Friday be glad and rejoice, instead of being disappointed because I didn't actually finish all of the laundry. I am telling you that this advice made all of the difference in my day. I had a successful day even though everything on my list didn't get completed, but my eyes were focused on God and in a forward projection.

If you have mounds of work ahead of you this week, focus your eyes on God and keep moving in a forward projection toward them and then be content with whatever you can get accomplished in the day. This is a lifelong race, and we need to keep moving forward.

15 comments:

Melinda said...

This is excellent advice! I usually try to break down my list for each day with very doable goals. I work toward that end and keep moving, even if something thwarts my plan. It IS a long race; not a sprint!

Sue J. said...

Sometimes, we just make the most ridiculous demands of ourselves, and we don't even know it! I'm glad you were able to regain your focus, because it would have blown away all the peace and contentment you had just received from the outing with your hubby!

That crown is not achieved by finishing the race fastest. It's about staying within Godly parameters, which means working at God's pace...which can be slower--what a relief! Might actually have time to have a drink (of living water)!!

Debra said...

Wonderful comments-I couldn't add much to them, except to say I am going to follow your advice. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, and then my focus is NOT where it should be!
Love, Debra

Chatty Kelly said...

I can't imagine the amount of laundry you must have to do. I think 6 loads is a huge achievement to be thrilled about - no matter how many loads are waiting.

Great insights today! Keep them up!

Nana 2 four said...

Oh, I love this advice! I need to remember this nex time I feel a little overwhelmed.

Thanks,
Beth

Yolanda said...

I loved this Sonya. Do-able....one step at a time.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Kim... and Her Coffee said...

Hi Sonya,

So glad to meet you!!! Love your blog. And, love this advice. One step at a time. I think we are find ourselves in situations that feel overwhelming, the enemy likes to try to convince us to give up in frustration. But, as your post points out ~ that's not God's plan at all! Great post.

Mary Moss said...

What great advice! I'm going to start applying this for all those things that I get stressed about that really don't matter in the big scheme of things:-)

B His Girl said...

Good advice Sonya...just keep going toward the goal. A good day in laundry is when you can see over the top of the mountain! A great attitude goes a long way.

Marsha said...

Thanks for coming by my blog this evening and praying for my granddaughter, Savannah.

I've been out of town 3 weeks out of 4 in January. I just returned home Friday evening. I'm so far behind at home and work that I can see my tail wagging!

Thank you for blessing me with this post.

Tiffany Stuart said...

Wisdom.

I'm learning to trust God with the results of my day, whether it's a little of a lot accomplished. I believe His grace is sufficient for what needs to be done. The rest can wait.

And the laundry will never end. It seems to have legs like a runner!

Hugs,
Tiffany

Tiffany Stuart said...

Edit to my previous comment:

It was suppose to be a little OR a lot.

:)

Spring Fricks said...

That is awesome. I never thought about it that way. You're right, it puts things in a completely different perspective.

TRUTHSHARER said...

For those of us who are 'lists' people - this is very good news and great advice! Thanks for the reminder to rejoice in it and to keep moving forward!

Looking Upward and Choosing JOY,
Stephanie

Julie Gillies said...

I love this, Sonya. We're running a marathon, not a sprint. And the goal is progress, not perfection.

May we both get completely caught up on our laundry this week! ;)