Tough Mudder: The Race of Endurance
Dr. Lynn Rosas: email… firstname.lastname@example.org (in subject line please put fruit salad ministry)
Sunday, November 3, 2013
My son Andrew and his friend Diego ran in this race this year and both made it through. Was so proud of them both. This is not an easy race and many, many people do not finish it. It is truly a race of endurance. Here are a few pictures from some of the Tough Mudder races…then I will tell you why I am putting this here.
And these pictures don’t even begin to show what these young people must go through to get to the finish line.
Life is a Race of Endurance
In thinking about the race of endurance that each of us must go through in our life. We can keep moving forward no matter how slow towards the finish line of life, or we can give up and not even try. We are not all athlets that is for sure. I am not! I love to watch a good athlete do whatever it is they do and see them cross the finish line of sorts in whatever area of sports it is. It takes a lot to become a great athlete…but it also takes a great person to even try. You don’t have to be first to be great. You just have to endure. So what if you come in last you still endured.
A couple weeks ago there was the 1000 step run in Bisbee. My son and his friend Diego both went again to this one. Both finished the tough steps and endurance of a mile high race that Bisbee had to offer. (Again, I am so proud of both of them) They didn’t come in first but they placed well in the race and both of them made it through. They had not done this before the hills and steps of Bisbee and I know those steps. It is not an easy thing to do. My point here is that an 80 year old man with a walker entered the race as well. That amazes me but at the same time shows that even the elderly can endure and finish the race. So what he was last…so what it took a long time to finish. He finished that race and should be very proud of himself. That was a difficult feat do do. Many young people gave up…but this elderly man just kept moving those feet one after another up and down the steps and hills. I give him so much credit to have even tried such a feat. Most likely some people thought him nuts or even made fun of him, but this man made it folks. He didn’t give up. I am sure since he uses a walker that he also had some health issues and that must have been tough. Even the walker up and down the hills had to be difficult as well. The steps aren’t all big steps and he most likely even had to carry that at times to make it up and down the steps. Good for him in finishing this tough race.
So now…what about our race in life. Will we keep putting one foot in front of another or at some point will we just give up and do nothing to endure our race through life?
Let’s begin with Commitment
Commitment: What exactly is commitment when it comes to living a godly life? It is being dedicated to a cause (a godly life), devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelty, responsibility, obligation, duty, tie, liability, tast, engagemtn, arrangement…and beding dedicated to stay the course. Be committed in what you claim. What you commit to today with God…God never changes…stay in the Lord and commit to Him.
Discipline: What exactly is discipline? You practice by training daily for the outcome, you obey the rules, you have a godly code of behavior, you learn and you teach that which is right and good, you follow the regulations, direction, and order of godly authority, you gain knowledge and ask God if you are lacking in knowledge, you have the ability to motivate onceself in spite of all the negitive things you go throuh or hear about, you use will power and if you lack will power you ask of God for it, you take hard work as if always working for the Lord (you are), You stay persistant, you get your strength and bility to carry out your tasks, and your willpower is your muscle…that comes from God. Permant actions. We might live a lonely road that others don’t understand, but God does and the short time that we live a lonely life the success to get to the finish line gets us into eternity.
Consistency: What exactly is consistency? Conforming to the application, uniformity, constant regualarity, evenness, steadiness, stability, holding together, agreement, compatibility, reliability, density, harmony, sticking together, retaining shape, steadface adhearance, be anchored, lack of contradiction, adhearing together, constitution of character, consistency allows for measurement. Anchor your actions. Do the very best you can. Always be reliable, trustworthy, and dependable.
Faith: What exactly is faith? Confident belief in truth, value, trustworthiness of person, belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence, loyalty, belief in God and trusting acceptance of His will, principals, strong unshakable belief in something withou proof or evidence, trusting in God’s actions and promises possibly without ever seeing the answers. Alliance to God no matter what! Believe even when life says something is impossible. Don’t be the goliath, but be the David! Give what you do your all and always take things to the Lord.
Heart: What exactly is heart? Central innermost part, hub, core, nucleau, vital center and source of our being, emotions, the repository of one’s deepest and most sincerest feeling and beliefs, sear of intellect, character, emotional constitution, capacity for sympathy, emotions and generosity and love, compassion, Courage and resolution, fortitude. our core, root, most important essential part, completeness, entirety, strength to keep going no matter what, when mind says there is nothing left you don’t quit…no excuses. You finish the race and cross that finish line. Find strength to keep going even when your mind says you have nothing left. Don’t quit..you can make it to the finish line if Jesus is in the equation.
Consistancy…allows for measurement!
Each of us does thing each day of our life. Even when we think we are not doing something…our mind is working. Until you have tried/attempted someting new though you most likely won’t be super at doing it. To get consistent at something you have to do it over and over. You might know something about something with just one or more tries, but consistant takes someonw who is willing to go the distance. I have given this lots of thought and want to say that we all wish we did everything good but that is really not possible. Each of us is gifted in something. Maybe others don’t see it like God does, but it is God that we please and not man. Sometimes we wish we could do a particular thing (let’s say singing) but maybe we have a horrible voice ( I know I do ). No matter how much or how many lessons I might take to sound great…it is not my gift and it is better to recognize that and go onto what God has called me for.
There are many things in life we can do well. Those are gifts as well. Maybe we are even great at something yet someone else wins all the time and we don’t. That doesn’t make you a failure. Maybe their gift in that area is where they should be. This, however, does not mean that you don’t go the distance and give it “your” best. You really are not in competition with anyone else especially when it comes to God. God can take the lowest rated person in an area and make them great…in His timing…and by His will.
When we are consistent it will create accountability as well. Talk to God about what He wants and where He wants your life to go. Make goals, but always go to God because God might take you down many rabbit trails. I always think about the rejection of Kernal Sanders at KFC. He was turned down over 1000 times yet he just kept going knowing he had a good product. Eventually because he did not quit his goals were seen.
When we are consistant it establishes our reputation as well. You need a track record. By this I mean are you a person who stands up, does good, and doesn’t take bribes and run out into the “worldly ways”? You can’t establish a track record if you are constantly shifting gears or tyring new tactics. Though many times we might fall down…get up and go again. Stay the course!
When we are consistant then we are relevant. You will be relivant.
When we are consistant it will maintain what we are trying to accomplish in our race.
All of us talk a good talk…but God wants us to walk a good walk. This is what others see. They don’t care if you win or lose most times, but what is important to God is how you play the game. Treat what you do in life as important. Because no job is more important than the one you do in God’s eyes.
Let’s talk God and the Bible Now
Hebrews 12:11-13, For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but latter it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Isaiah 40:29-31: He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wiat 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.
1 Timothy 4:8: for while bodily traing is of some vaule, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a persishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
2 Timothy 2:5-7 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Galatians 5:7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth.
Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straing forward to what lies ahead, i press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Some of my favorites:
Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of age. Matthew 28:20
The Lord will work out his plans for my life. Psalm 138:8
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. Luke 19:26
I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a furure and hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37.5
With God’s help we will do mighty things. Psalm 60:12
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you,. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5
Whatever you do, do well. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Anything is possible if a person believes. Mark 9:23
Our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweights them and will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:17
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
I run the path as my Lord commands…for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119.32
I hope this lesson has blessed you. If so, please share it with someone or send them the link to this. Have a blessed week.