You can embrace the journey ahead in faith.
I have to admit, when I sought the Lord for a theme scripture for this year, I was not expecting what He gave me. In fact, I lightheartedly responded with a God-wink, “I bet that is just what everyone is rushing to put on their vision board! Gee, Thanks!”
But there they are, my words from the Lord for this year, greeting me every morning: Enduring Faith.
I mean, sure, it does sound noble and wonderful, at first. But when you look again, it’s a lot like having “patience” for your theme word. Yea, now you are getting the picture! Endurance? I was thinking at the time, “This next year is not going to be a cake walk!”
When I jokingly expressed my lack of enthusiasm on social media, Sue Detweiler, Speaker, Author of 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom,1 (and mom of six), piped in to reply to my Facebook post with this power thought:
Without endurance, there can be no lasting impact.
Boom. With that, God had me, all in! Impacting lives with the Word of God is my life’s purpose. Her comment quickly helped me adjust my heart and embrace the journey ahead in faith. What a joy it was then, to have eyes to see the great promise that is attached to our enduring faith!
“There is a rare faith that pleases the heart of the Father above all others – it’s called Enduring Faith. It can only be developed in the tension of having a promise from God, yet living in its lack of fulfillment. In this place of extraordinary privilege, we have the chance to offer a sacrifice of praise and not lower the standard of God’s promises to our level of experience. “2
Now, every morning, I walk into my studio, and there on the vision board are the words from God to me: Enduring Faith. They remind me, as I start my day, the joy to be found in living a life of purpose.
Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure.
… true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.
I think it is safe to say, since it is common to humanity, that many of you may also feel winded, out of breath, or overwhelmed by the challenges of your life’s race from time to time. But these words that inspired me to receive His Word with joy also give us all something we can wrap our heart and faith around.
So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us.
Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor.
We may feel alone on the journey, but we are not. In the gallery is a cloud of witnesses who have run the race of faith and finished well. In this place of extraordinary privilege, it is now our turn to… Run On! In Enduring Faith.
Let us fix our hearts and minds on the joy that is set before us. For as she thinketh in her heart, so is she.
- Detweiler, Sue. (2015). 9 Traits of a Life Giving Mom: Replacing My Worst with God’s Best. New York, NY. Morgan James Publishing
- Johnson, B. (2013, October). Enduring Faith. Retrieved from iBethel website: https://shop.ibethel.org/products/enduring-faith?referral=enduring+faith
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