While walking at the park the other day a small boy ran past me and rang the Freedom Bell by the Lake. I said hey to him and he said “HEY!!!”. Then I said to him “are you having a good day?”, and he said “YEA!!! I GET TO DO THIS !!!”, and then he took off running!
Christian, are you trudging along putting one foot in front of the other or are you running? Are you running your race with gusto like this little fella was? Are you having a good day because like him, you get to run?
The apostle Paul said we are in a race. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”
We were not put here to just take one arduous step after the other, we were made to RUN!
Obviously I am not literally talking about physically running. I realize some of you reading this may not be able to physically run, but we are all called to run the race of life. Paul didn’t say that some were runners, he said in a race “all” the runners run. God created us to get up and get going. We were put here to advance the Kingdom of God.
My little friend at the park had the right attitude…we “get” to do this thing called life. We get to wake up every day to something new. We get to make a difference. We get to fellowship and have fun. We get to feed the hungry, visit the lonely and help the needy. We get to check up on our friends just to say “hey!!!” We get to serve Jesus. Plain and simple. Every day we get to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the greatest One that has ever walked this Earth, and like Him, we “get to do this”.
So what has God called you to get up and do? What leg of the race are you in? Are you starting something new or are you at the finish line of something you have been working on for awhile? Either way you want to run for the prize, for that upward call in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14) Whatever it is, we “get to do this”.
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31