I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – 4:13
It was a Mother’s Day weekend when my daughter Janine and I, signed up for a 10-kilometre race to help raise money for a charity of our choice. This was an annual event sponsored by our little community with great participation of all ages. I will admit, I was nervous, but all I could hope for was to do my personal best!
As I stood at the starting line, I heard the starting gun go off, and found myself on the tail end of the participants. I kept myself calm, and focused on the decision that I would get to the finish line no matter how many hours it would take. My motivation was the charity of my choice; the pro-life association of Saskatchewan Canada.
After one-and-a-half hours of switching from walking to jogging; I could feel my feet going numb. “No way, I’m not quitting, I set my goal and I”m going to do it”! In order to gain a little strength, I began to pray, and decided to offer up every painful step for the pain of every mother who had lost a child either through abortion, adoption or other means. You see, I myself was unable to have my own children but have been blessed with two adopted children; our son Jeremy and our daughter Janine. My heart will always be grateful to their birth mothers who made a choice to give them life.
As I pressed forward, I lifted my tired head and saw my beautiful daughter Janine, running towards me, shouting, “Come on, Mom, you can do it!” She had already finished the run with third place but ran to join me, and together we ran to the finish line. What a great feeling! I was not first and I was not last, but I was a winner with a blessed heart!
Today, I would like to challenge you as God had challenged me. Is there a personal goal for yourself that you have been putting off? Are there attitudes and habits that are holding you back from reaching greater heights? Are there new things you want to learn to enrich your life? How much time do you want to spend with your family? How much money do you want to save by when? Maybe this is the time to decide what steps you are willing to take, in order to achieve optimum physical, emotional and spiritual health?
You can make a choice, to find the courage to meet that personal goal. This is your time for yourself to fulfill that long awaited dream or vision. A time to enjoy all the things God has blessed you with! God loves you and He believes in you. He will help you run the race, right to the finish line! You are a winner in the eyes of God!