Running with Jesus…a Book

A couple of years ago, I had a whisper in my heart to write a book.  I even posted about it here: https://wordpress.com/post/journeytojesus.wordpress.com/262 .

That whispering to write has never gone away.  In fact last year it became so loud that I even put time in my schedule to write.  Life gets so loud though, and the urgent won over the “important” more times than I can count.  I kept pushing it back.  But in 2018 the Lord was preparing me for today.   I read books like Mom Strong by Heidi St. John, Today Matters and Failing Forward by John Maxwell, Multiply by Frances Chan, Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron ,  Power Perfected in Weakness by Chris Klicka, and more.   So, 2019 is different.  I am back on the starting line with a new, stronger song in my heart, a determined and focused vision, fire in my steps and goals- real goals- written down with accountability and prayer partners.

All I’ve learned about Jesus While Running with My Family.  That is still the title.

And here is the starting line…On your mark… get set… GO!

“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. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable 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.” 1 Corinthians 9 verses 24-27

We are all in a “the race”.  Everyone in my family.  Everyone in your family.  We are all in a race and all are running.  Some of us are running with a husband and children, and some of us are running alone.  Many of our races include running to work, school, sports practice, church and waking up and doing it again and again.  One runner may be running to the top of the corporate ladder.  One racer may be running from guilt or hurts of the past.  Many of us are running to find comfort, a place of no struggle or confrontation, just peace.  In this fast paced world of constantly being plugged in and full, we are all running.

In different seasons of my life,  I have run all the races mentioned above.  There were times that I ran many of them at the same time!  I have strived, wrestled, exercised, and wore myself and my dear family OUT!  But, truly, something changed when our family started running  for real, on the trail, running in races, and running together.  We started a journey of becoming strong, striving for a common goal, and becoming a team.  Now, in this season, we run together, we cheer each other on, and we run for Jesus!

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

In 2009, our family met another family who ran together.  We were so inspired that my husband made us all shirts with Philippians 3:14 printed on the sleeve.  He entered us in races.  We started training.  Most of us could hardly run a mile!  However, with every mile and every race, we got stronger and we learned more about ourselves, each other, and the Lord.  The truth is, we have found that anytime we have choosen to do hard things, we have tripped, struggled and even fallen and gotten hurt,  but we have also learned what it means to dig deep, find our “why”, grow, and learn.

Today, I am so thankful for all of the races, the wins, the training, and even the injuries and the struggles.  I thank God that I have my family with me on this race of life.  So, as I press on in this race of life toward the goal, I continue to strive and strain forward, running to Jesus.    Won’t you join me?  I don’t want to run aimlessly with my family trying to keep up at every turn or whim.  I don’t want to run “someone else’s” race.   I don’t want to beat the air in frustration when I can’t reach some perishable, temporary crown or praise of man.  I want to be self-controlled, disciplined, and led by the Holy Spirit of God straight into the arms of Jesus.  I want to run with Him wherever He takes me with strength in my mind, my spirit, my body, and my soul (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  I want to surrender all of me, and run the race He sets before me, looking to Jesus for endurance and hope.  Oh and I pray that while I’m running today’s race (preaching to my kids along the path), that neither myself, my husband, or any of us should be disqualified!

I want to tell you all that I’ve learned about Jesus while running with my family, so put your shoes on and let’s go running together.

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By The Goodlin Family

We are a family of 10, now 11 through marriage, seeking Jesus and living for the praise of His glory. Our desire is to encourage each other and others in our daily walk with the Lord, our Journey to Jesus.

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