swifter, higher, stronger

Citius. Altius. Fortius. – swifter. higher. stronger.

the motto of the olympics.  the games wrapped up today in London.  watched by millions, the olympics brought the world together.  as we watched the men and women strive for gold, we witnessed the gamut of competition – from upsets, to heartbreak, to victory, to disappointment, to tragedy, to triumph.

what if we approached our journey with God, which is a marathon, with the same motto of the Olympics?

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (MSG)

swifter

The Lord God is my strength. He makes me like a deer that does not stumble so I can walk on the steep mountains. – Habakkuk 3:19 (NCV)

higher

Whatever exists has already been named, and what humanity is has been known; no one can contend with someone who is stronger. – Ecclesiastes 6:10 (NIV)

stronger

what if our approach to our relationship with God was
adstringo. validus. profundus – tighter. stronger. deeper?

It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. – 2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV) 

tighter

He gives strength to those who are tired
       and more power to those who are weak.
Even children become tired and need to rest,
       and young people trip and fall.
 But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again.
    They will rise up as an eagle in the sky;
       they will run and not need rest;
       they will walk and not become tired. – Isaiah 40:29-31 (NCV)

stronger

I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets,  singing your praises in town and country.  The deeper your love, the higher it goes;  every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness.  Soar high in the skies, O God!  Cover the whole earth with your glory!  And for the sake of the one you love so much,  reach down and help me—answer me! -Psalm 108:3-6

deeper

with God’s help….
we run swifter to reach higher to be stronger to love deeper to be more secure and tighter in our relationship with Him.

………………………
sometimes, the words are easy.  it’s living this out that is difficult.
to keep running, to not stop, to not give in or give up.
to refocus.
to know, to truly know, that God does make us stronger, and that our relationship can be deeper.
when the day-to-day stuff hits us, when the unexpected happens, what do we do?
when our plate is full and our cup is empty….what do when do then?

may we learn to embrace running swifter, climbing higher, growing stronger, and living in grace.

thirsty for grace.

check this post out

A Long and Winding Road

The truth is we aren’t wise enough to assume that another path would be best for us. Maybe the easier road won’t make us into a better person who emulates the essence of Christ. Perhaps the difficult road is a path of grace—leading us to pure joy, peace and purpose in life. Could it be the difficult journey that enables us to be all God intends? – Micca Campbell

seeking grace.

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