I've got a race on Saturday. July races are always killers. No matter the race time or the duration, it is almost always hot. When I signed us up two weeks ago, only 40 other people were signed up. I am sure there are quite a few more now. Anyway, the smaller numbers could be a good thing or a bad thing. Depending on a lot of things...I could actually place in my category. But, with the smaller numbers, I could also be like 40 out of 40. Embarrassing.=) It is a beautiful but hilly race around a lake. My hope/goal is to do it between 54 and 56 minutes. I think it is possible. Whose law states that what goes up must come down? That is the key to hilly races. Maximize the hills.
It's Thursday! Chores are done for the week. Today we are walking to the library to restock reading material. Burgers are on the menu for dinner. Like I said yesterday, these are my laid back days.
And I am thinking about "Giving up on Good."
I thought you all should know that I am giving up wine coolers.=) They are good! I especially like the lemonades. But, they cause me insomnia, they are extra calories, and my kids don't need to see me drinking all the time. No more six packs. I just don't need to have them in my house.
What is really on my heart today, though is what is involved when you are giving up on good.
I find when I talk about this, or write about it, I often will open my hand. From a closed fist to a splayed hand. Giving up on good is the idea of release. Letting go. Because you can't fill a fisted or full hand. Best can't feasibly join good. It is only after the good is released that the best can be received and grasped.
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Or how about all those buns of steel workouts. They are great for most everything-but childbirth. During child birth you don't want your glutes clenched so tight you could hold a penny. You are trying to release a child. (albeit, it isn't as easy as that sounds)
So, here's what I am thinking. Often I have the ugliest heart. I hate to even 'fess up to this. But my heart can be so full of pride. I am holding tightly to my ministry, my call, my _____. And sometimes God says, "let go."
God calls us to share in His work. But it is still HIS work, and for His glory. Far too often my pride, and my desire gets in the way of God's work. I think if I am not doing everything, if I am sharing the load, I also have to share the recognition. (I told you my heart was ugly.) Or, less ugly, but still not good, is the thought that if I am not controlling the ministry, it might not get done right. It might fall apart.
Let's rewind a couple weeks, and let me tell you what God can do when we release our agenda. When we open our hands. When we are more interested in His glory, than our ministry.
And TO GOD be the Glory!
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