You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. Galatians 5:7-9
At 103 years old, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt runs a good race. She’s the chaplain of Loyola Chicago’s men’s basketball team and has just released her memoir, Wake Up With Purpose! What I’ve learned in My First 100 Years. In an interview, she stated that when she wakes up in the morning, she thanks God for bringing her to another day and asking him to help her serve him the rest of the day.
We’re neither too old nor too young to run a good race. We’ll win when we love God, ourselves, and the people God has given us and when we chase the dreams God has placed in our hearts.
We love God when we build a relationship with him. It requires sharing our feelings, asking him questions about our life’s direction and things we don’t understand, talking to him like we would a friend, and having him speak truths to us through reading Scripture.
Loving ourselves is more difficult. When we hear a voice that says no one cares what we think, we’re not good enough to associate with a person or accomplish a task, or that we’re too ugly to leave home, we must remind ourselves that those are lies. God says we’re remarkably and wonderfully made and that he formed us in our mother’s womb and set us apart.
God has placed people in our lives that are difficult to love. If we don’t love them, they may never know God’s love. But we must be careful not to let them stop our race when they encourage us to part from God’s ways. And we must not let their remarks cut through us like yeast permeates a batch of dough. We should only be persuaded by God.
Father, I praise you for giving me a good race to run. Thank you for giving me life and the power and wisdom to serve you today. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.