I have run 3 Half-marathons in my life and dribbled a basketball during one of them. I thought completing those races was a pretty amazing accomplishment…until I read a book entitled Living Beyond Awesome. Jen McDonough is, as she describes herself, “an ordinary, everyday, mom & wife” that completed an Ironman Triathlon. I mean the real deal Ironman Triathlon…not a modified triathlon. The full fledge triathlon that consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. All three phases have to be done in a 17- hour time limit to be considered an “ironman” (or “woman” in Jen’s case).
If you are looking for an encouraging story to motivate yourself to face the impossible in 2013, Living Beyond Awesome is the right push towards action you are looking for. Jen shares how she overcame her fears, perceived physical inabilities, and overcrowded schedule to accomplish what she sensed God was asking her to do. Not everyone is asked to complete an Ironman Triathlon but we all have various tasks & goals we know God wants us to accomplishment. If Jen was willing to do the hard work and persevere, I know we can too.
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“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
– Paul, to the church of Corinth in his first epistle, chapter 3.
I was sitting with a follower of Jesus this morning and he referenced these words of Paul. He described to me a vision that motivates him to invest in the lives of his family, friends, and church. In this vision, he imagines sitting amongst the crowds at the great judgment seat of Christ. His hope and prayer is to see these people, one by one, that he loved and impacted stand before Christ. As the consuming fire of judgment falls on all they did with their lives he desires to see many of their works in life still there…ready to reap rewards. Then he envisions these people, those he discipled by pointing them to a life centered in Christ, casting those awards and accolades back at the feet of Jesus…the only one deserving of worship. What a vision!
May we focus on what matters most today – the great Kingdom of God. May we store up “store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal”. May we all have this vision my brother in Christ shared…both for our lives and the lives of those we love!
For those of you striving to be faithful but discouraged by present circumstances…
“Every time you venture out in the life of faith, you will find something in your common-sense circumstances that flatly contradict it. Common sense is not faith, and faith is not common senseâ€¦you can trust God where your common sense cannot. Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. Believe steadfastly on Him, because your faith is developed through all you come up against.” â€“Oswald Chambers
Faith – Obeying God despite circumstances and/or consequences.