Friday, September 11, 2009

The Temptation to Quit

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Once again, a pleasant breeze greeted me as I stepped outside in the darkness this morning. Fall is surely right around the corner, and although our weather stays warm into October, it seems to be just a few degrees cooler now. Good news!

The sun was very hot as I took Louis to a doc app't yesterday. Getting him out in the wheelchair takes a few minutes, and I was hurrying to get into the shade! We went to the park afterwards and saw Mrs. Peahen resting on the grass as we drove in and then the great blue heron once more on the banks of the canal. Not too many people there in the heat of the afternoon, but the children were not out of school yet. We have not had any rain for four days, but everything is still very green. God is good!

From Hymns For the Family of God:

The Temptation to Quit

The program of God through history is like a relay race. Let one runner drop out and the whole team loses. Let one runner lose the baton and the whole team is eliminated. Let one runner break the rules and the whole team is disqualified. The work of no runner counts until every runner does his share and the anchor man has hit the tape at the finish line.

The phrase "let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" is the day. The idea is clear. There are lots of distractions as we run. Bypaths beckon us; false goals attract us; competition discourages us; opposition causes us to falter. Jesus, however, a tried and trusted leader who blazed the trail of faith by His own obedience and perseverance and who finished the course in a burst of glory is both our guide and our goal. We look away from everything else to Him, if we want to run well.

David Hubbard

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, love and joy!

Love and hugs,