11Oct

Five Minute Friday: Race

Participating in Five Minute Friday today with Lisa Jo Baker.  Basically, she gives us a word and we write for exactly 5 minutes–no editing, no pre-writing…just free write for 5 minutes.

The word…Race.

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Start

Sometimes, it feels like this life is a race.  Not just any old race, but a fast one, a sprint.  Get there, and get there fast.  Except, I don’t even know where “there” is, or what’s going to happen when I reach this elusive “there.”  So our life, our society takes us on this fast paced ride, until that’s what life becomes…a ride.

And then I’m not just racing.  I’m not even in control anymore, I’m just riding along, going through the motions required by a society that doesn’t even share my core values.

And we wonder why we aren’t happy.

Yesterday, I wrote about how our actions defy logic.  Even though I KNOW that the cure all for so many things in my life is to slow down, spend time with the Lord…I give that up.  Then I wonder why my discouragement hangs around.

I didn’t take the medicine.  It’s there, but I didn’t take it.

That’s why we’re taking steps to get out of this 500 meter dash…and join a marathon instead.   Slow down.  Enjoy our lives, and enjoy our boys before we race through it and miss it.

Because God is calling me to faithfulness and endurance…not a quick over and done dash.

Stop

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I need to add that I don’t have a quick wit.  It’s one of the reasons I’m a writer and not a speaker.  I need that time to think, process, and edit.  But, it’s fun every once in a while.

 

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  1. Love this! I almost wrote about sprinting vs. a marathon but that’s not what ended up coming out as I typed. lol

  2. I’m grateful to be a newbie alongside you tonight. I hope you’ll come back to this version of a race. I love this final line in your post >>> Because God is calling me to faithfulness and endurance…not a quick over and done dash.

  3. So great to meet you at the FMFParty! Awesome post. Your last sentence is a great reminder! :)

  4. Yes, sometimes running the race, means to go slow, enjoy the view, and walk along side of someone else who is also slow in the race. Enjoyed reading!

  5. Paula M. Barnett says:

    To be in the world but not of the world {the race} is where the joy is found. To know that in each moment of time right where we are, God is, and where God is, there is the peace: the prize.

  6. To be in the world but not of the world {the race} is where the joy is found. To know that in each moment of time right where we are, God IS, and where God IS, there is the peace: the prize!

  7. I think that was wonderful, and so true. I start to feel lost when I try to do too much but forget to make time for myself and my faith. Great FMF!

  8. Great post.

  9. Amen to that! Faithfulness and endurance in the little things….become bigger things. Who cares about the race everyone else is running? My heart needs to train and stay in HIS WORD.

  10. "God is calling me to faithfulness and endurance…not a quick over and done dash."……well said!

  11. Crystal Stine says:

    This is beautiful! I too struggle with running toward something & not knowing where "there" is – and slowing down is a hard & painful process for this girl. What a wonderful reminder that random running isn't what God calls us to – He has a purpose and a plan for us to grow stronger through endurance. So glad you linked up to FMF!

  12. Amy Collins Tilson says:

    This is wonderfully written. I love what you said about life transitioning from a race to a ride and we are no longer in control. It still moves fast and we need to intentionally need to hop of and change from sprint to marathon mode. So glad you joined because I am certainly blessed through this!

  13. Lorretta Stembridge says:

    Fantastic! You said it…it's about endurance. We all forget that so easily which is why we need to abide and encourage one another in the journey. Great job!

    Lorretta at Dancing on the Dash.
    http://www.dancingonthe dash@wordpress.com

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