Pass The Baton!

Ready. Set. Go!

The boom of the cap gun sounds signaling the start of the relay.
Hearts are pounding.
Spikes are piercing blacktop.
Arms are pumping.
Breaths are pulsing.

“PASS!!”

The code word for the handoff of the baton from runner to runner as each push their hardest to contribute to their leg of the race.

Our daughter’s relay team set the school record when she was in junior high (her name is actually spelled wrong on the award in the picture but that’s okay 🙂 ).  It has since been broken several times but it was a wonderful moment in time to know the team worked together, each running their part of the relay and then passing the baton to the next teammate for a successful finish.

Our life is the same way.  God calls us to do certain things and then He says, “now hand it off to me and let me do my part.”  Doing our part may take a lot of work.  Our heart may pound out of our chest and we may think we are losing air in our lungs, but if we do what He tells us to do, then we’ve done our part.

In the relay race, we wouldn’t run our leg of the race and then tell our teammate to move out of the way and we will run their part.  No.  We would pass the baton to them to do their part.

That’s what Jesus wants from us.  Do our part then pass the baton to Him.

I Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.

What baton do you need to let go of today?  What leg of the race have you done your part and it’s now time to turn it over to the Lord and wait patiently as He finishes the race for you?  Whatever it is, just yell “PASS” and give up the baton.  He’s waiting with arms stretched out.

Tea for Two?

Harry and Meghan.
Windsor Castle.
Crown.
Simple dress and exquisite veil.
To-the-second schedule.
Your Majesty.
Fairy tale.

Yes, how many of you chose to rise early, drink tea and watch the biggest event in England on Saturday?  It may have taken place in the beautiful London town, but millions from around the world watched as Meghan married her Prince.  The Queen set the schedule to the exact minute and the cast of the day did not disappoint.

After the arranged marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, people tend to doubt the love of the couples in the Royal family.  However, Prince William and Kate gave us hope again of true love restored.  Princess Diana set the stage to crush some of the stuffiness of the monarchy traditions and Prince Harry blazed the rest of the trail.

It did in deed, appear from all angles of the cameras on Saturday that this Prince and his bride were truly in love.  They seem to be very serious as they proclaimed their vows to honor and cherish and love no matter the circumstances.

I was thinking about our heavenly palace and walking through those pearly gates being greeted by our King who has vowed to love and cherish us no matter how bad we become.  Sin does not stop Him from loving us nor does He ever stop trying to restore us.

When we get to heaven, we get to feast at big banquet tables, walk on streets of gold and sit forever in the presence of royalty.  Time means nothing to Jesus, but His timing is always to-the-second perfect.

We are promised this exquisite living for eternity and all we have to do is commit to love, honor, cherish and obey our Savior all the days of our life.   Just like any marriage, our lives aren’t perfect but the promise to stay committed to Jesus for better or worse will give us that eternal happiness and a place in the Royal Family forever.

 

Dinner For Six…or Seven!

If you could choose five people – alive or from history – to have dinner with, who would you choose?

I would choose:
1)  Jesus – because I have a lot of questions for that man.

2)  Tony Dungy –  I want to tell him how I love the good ole days of the Indianapolis Colts and how awesome that Super Bowl win was!!  We can talk about Reggie and Dallas; Jeff and Peyton; Dominique and Edge.  I want to commend him on his stand for the Lord while in the NFL and never wavering.  According to Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts, he never heard Tony Dungy curse.  I love that!  And I also need to ask him a few personal questions about Peyton Manning.  🙂

3)  Priscilla Shirer – I love this woman.  I loved her in the War Room movie and I love her Bible teachings.  I have a lot of Bible study questions for her.  I want to go on a long walk with her and give her my phone number to call me for lunch sometime.

4)  Carrie Underwood – She is such an awesome package of a person.  I love that she and her husband did Bible studies over the phone while they were dating.  I love that she isn’t afraid to admit her faith in a “famous-person’s world” of being politically correct.  I want to tell her how I admire her for being such a good mom and wife and how she has the strongest voice of any person (along with Natalie Grant) that I have ever heard in my entire life!!  I want to ride around in the car with her and just hang out.  I think we would be great friends!  🙂

5)  Princess Diana – I want to hug her and tell her what a good job she did with her boys in spite of all of the circumstances.  I want her to know that I woke up to watch the wedding at 4 a.m. and never stopped “watching” her in the media from that day forward.  I want her to know that her compassion to everyone made a difference to the world.  I want to learn from her how to find more ways to make a difference in my world.

**And just for the record – since I’m writing this and this is my dream – I get seven place settings at Dinner for Six because I want my husband there with me, too so he can hear everything because I’m sure I won’t be able to remember all the cool things I will want to tell him later!

We would have all kinds of different food because I would want to be sure to have something everyone can eat (Carrie is a vegan and I’m not sure what all Jesus will want).  But one thing’s for sure:  we will have the biggest chocolate dessert ever!!

I imagine after we all introduced ourselves, that we would all have more questions for Jesus and with His calm demeanor and endless time, I think we would be there for hours  just sharing and sitting and listening to each other.  Oh what fun to have dinner with these folks.

Who would you have in your Dinner for Six…or Seven?

The Ups and Downs of Life’s 5K!

One down….four to go.

I walked in my first 5K of the year!  I have a goal to walk in five of them this year.  I walk a lot so a 5K or (3.1 miles) is a challenge but certainly attainable.  I put my earbuds in and took off.  I didn’t care who passed me or what my time was.  I just wanted to walk this race, enjoy the beautiful day and be present in the moment.

There were a lot of people in this race.
Some were running.
Some were walking.
Some were struggling with bad knees and broken bones.
There were kids with funky colored hair.
Men, women and children.
Some older.  Some younger.
There were people pushing strollers and others pulling wagons.
Some wore headbands and some wore headphones.
I saw people wearing Nike, Adidas, Puma and Brooks.
I saw people slow down to walk with those who were struggling.
And I saw those who had reached the end turn around and come back to help those who were behind.

There were signs along the way.
“You are stronger than you think.”
“Kind Heart. Fierce Mind. Brave Spirit.”
“Don’t Give Up. Believe. Keep Going.”
“I Can and I Will.”
“Keep It Up.”

When we got close to the finish line, people were lined up cheering the participants on with pom poms and air horns.  There was a big  “You Are A Superstar” banner announcing the finish line.  Spectators were snapping pictures and encouraging people to “finish strong.”

Oh how sweet it was to finish my first race of the year.

It made me think.  How am I doing in life’s race?

Hebrews 12:1-2 says to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Each day I get up and pray and asked for forgiveness and try to throw off sin.  I set out thinking today is going to be better.  I enjoy the scenery, am present in the moment and then the devil pulls me off course.  But God is standing there along the way showing me signs that I can do it.  He tells me that I am stronger than I think I am with His help.

I realized during this race that we are all in this together.  We are all going through life – all different make ups, personalities, paces and ages – with the same goal.  Heaven is my goal but more importantly, that when I get there, I hope God will be holding a big pink sign that says “well done, good and faithful servant”.

Life is hard.  Obstacles get in our way.  The devil tries to make us think we can’t do it.  But God is running right beside us and carries us when we are weak.

Don’t give up.  Don’t give in.  Believe.  Keep Going.

We can do this, friends.  Let’s run life’s race together stopping to help others along the way, sharing encouraging words of faith and God’s words of truth and keep on praying.

It’s not about how fast we get there but rather how well we run the race.  You ARE God’s SuperStar!