“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us,
let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us.
Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.”
A Long Obedience . . .
Ready. Set. Go!
That’s often how the final week of the year feels. It’s a time for reflecting on the past year and planning for the new year — a time for making goals and gearing up for a new run.
I have great aspirations for the new year too. I want to . . .
Drink more water.
Get more exercise.
Eat more green veggies.
And read more books.
I might even run a half-marathon. I also want to . . .
Reach beyond my four walls.
Meet new people.
Connect with friends.
And laugh together often.
These are all great goals, but the one thing I want to do more than anything else in 2016 is run the one race that God has laid before me. This race isn’t meant to be exhausting either. It’s simply what Eugene Peterson calls “a long obedience in the same direction.”
As I think about the new year and all the goals I’d love to accomplish, I want to remember what is most important: loving God and loving others. This is the real race we are called to run. And each step of this race begins with a step of obedience. One step turns to two steps. Then another and another.
That’s really my deepest desire for this next year . . . that I move forward in obedience to God’s Word and the race He has set before me. Because when I reach the end of my days, this is what I want to be true of me . . . that I lived a life of obedience to God and His Word, loving Him and loving others.
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