Lengthen Your Stride

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As I wandered the aisles at Walmart, my eyes were drawn to a book that I saw on the shelf amongst the assortment of other children’s books. This book is called, The Love in my Heart by Tim Bugbird and Nadine Wickenden.

As I opened the book these are the words I found in the first few pages about a day in the life of two rabbits:

“Big and Boo were resting, after bouncing in the forest all day. They were a long way from home and Boo was very tired. ‘I don’t think I can make it all the way back to the burrow,’ said Boo. ‘My paws are just too sore!’ Big smiled and took Boo’s hand. ‘Well I know you can, and do you know why?’ said Big. ‘Because with love in our hearts, we can do anything!’

This story goes on to talk about how love is found everywhere and is in everything and that love is what gives them strength to keep moving. Instantly my thoughts went to God, who is the author of all love. All love comes from Him and through Him alone and flows out to God’s creation.

How many of us feel like Boo and are tired in the race that we have been running?

Life feels overwhelming…..

Hopelessness is right around the corner……

And thoughts of giving up begin to fill our hearts and minds……

I’ve been there more than once in my lifetime. In fact the battle has been raging hard in my life and those thoughts are trying to grab me, to suck me in to a place of despair, and drive me to where I throw my hands up in the air and give up all hope.

It is in those moments where I remind myself that,

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

This scripture is not saying certain things, a select few things, but all things. God believes in me and He believes in you.

In Philippians 3:12-15 (GWT) we read about such a struggle and how to stay focused.

“It’s not that I’ve already reached the goal or have already completed the course. But I run to win that which Jesus Christ has already won for me. Brothers and sisters, I can’t consider myself a winner yet. This is what I do: I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus. Whoever has a mature faith should think this way. And if you think differently, God will show you how to think.”

I love this version that speaks of not looking back and lengthening our stride instead.

My son was involved in track and when I read this I think of when the runner begins to see the finish line how they lengthen their stride, they go full force, not focusing on who and what is behind or even beside them. Instead they keep their eyes on the prize, the finish line and with determination what seems to be impossible of going any faster becomes the possible as their stride becomes that much more. Their bodies are lengthened and filled with great strength to do that which they are called to do.

Can you see the image of the runner as I do?

The runner is picking up his pace, taking it up a notch and doing the impossible.

That is us……

That is me….

That is you….

This scripture doesn’t just leave us there but it goes a step further and tells us that those with mature faith think this way, but not to worry if you don’t currently think that way, because God will show us how.

The shift is in our thinking and in our prayer life.

If your focus is on the difficulties, the obstacles, begin to pray that God will help your thinking to shift and that Christ will show you how to think. It seems so simple, but it is a shift in our thinking that needs to take place in order for God’s peace to rest in us and for us to rest in God in spite of the circumstances in our lives.

Lord, today I ask that you would show us how to think, where to focus and teach us to lengthen our stride and not look back or even to the side. We fix our eyes on you Jesus, our Savior and ask for the strength and the ability to do all things and to not give up. Thank you Lord for your strength and peace, in Jesus Name, Amen.

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